Key Findings in March

Across 14 districts, 46 percent of respondents have already consulted an engineer for their housing reconstruction needs. This is a nine percentage point improvement over the last round of data collection, only two months ago. A further 11 percent plan to consult, and fewer than .5 percent of respondents have no plans to consult an engineer. This is an encouraging 5nding that illustrates the importance earthquake affected communities are putting on building their homes properly.

Again, there are some important caveats that should be carefully considered: women are less likely than men to have already consulted an engineer, and urban respondents are also approximately 10 percent less likely to have consulted an engineer than rural respondents.

Although respondents in all districts cited lack of availability of engineers to some extent, in Nuwakot and Sindhupalchok this concern was most prevalent, with 20 percent of those who have not consulted citing this as the top reason why they had not. Partners further report that their bene5ciaries in Sindhupalchok have begun reconstruction without engineers because of this, and are now worried their homes will not meet the guidelines.

Focus group discussion participants in Bigu, Dolakha were unhappy with the engineer consultation process because they had been given contradictory advice so many times that they had been forced to tear down newly constructed homes and start rebuilding again. If engineers from various sources are not giving the same advice there is a signi5cant risk that affected communities will lose faith in consultations and reconstruct without adherence to safer building practices.

What are people saying?

Why have you not consulted?

Have not started rebuilding (68%)

No availability of engineers (21%)