Taiwan signs MoU with Nepalese cities to assist with earthquake response

Center for Disaster Reduction signs agreement with Nepalese cities to improve disaster management technology and training

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NCDR Director Chen, with the mayors of Kohalpur and Baijanath, Banke, Nepal

NCDR Director Chen, with the mayors of Kohalpur and Baijanath, Banke, Nepal (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two cities in Nepal on Thursday, March 28 to assist the region with earthquake monitoring technology and expertise.

The MoU was signed by the mayor of Kohalpur City, Lut Bahadur Rawat, and the mayor of the Baijanath Rural Municipality, Man Bahadur Ruchal Thakuri, of Nepal’s Banke District and the NCDR Director, Chen Hongyu (陳宏宇).

The MoU calls for the development of a disaster information network to prevent the loss of life and improve response measures in the event of natural disasters.

The Banke District of Nepal was one of the primary areas impacted by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015, which resulted in the deaths of over 7,600 people in the country. Since the disaster, the Nepali government has pledged to devote more resources to disaster prevention and management.

A press release from NCDR says that in accordance with the New Southbound Policy, MOST aims to use Taiwan’s technology and disaster response experience to help partner nations across the region to improve their own disaster response capabilities, reports CNA.

The MoU with Nepal is just the start of what NCDR hopes will be many opportunities to share ideas and experience with partners across the Indo-Pacific, to ensure safety and preparedness in the event of natural disasters.

The Nepali representatives said they are looking forward to working with Taiwan to improve their country’s technological capabilities to anticipate and respond effectively to natural disasters.