Following the devastating 7.8 Richter earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015, and subsequent aftershocks, numerous buildings, including schools and government structures, were severely damaged or destroyed. The aftermath left a considerable number of structures hazardous and in need of demolition to facilitate safe reconstruction. All Hands Volunteers (AHV) and other NGOs conducted assessments in Kathmandu and Sindhupalchowk districts, revealing challenges, particularly in the face of government cash grants for homeowners awaiting official damage confirmation. The Nepalese Army, tasked with demolition, lacks essential resources and seeks assistance. AHV and Engineers Without Borders (EWB) volunteers conducted practice demolitions in Sindhupalchowk, focusing on schools due to limited heavy equipment availability. This manual emphasizes safety procedures, and building assessments, and provides guidelines for effective demolition in the reconstruction process.
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