A report prepared on the basis of structural, geotechnical earthquake damage and trekking safety assessment entitled as ‘Damage Assessment of Everest Region‘ has concluded that most of the villages on the Everest Base Camp trail are unaffected by the earthquake and do not appear to have been affected by landslide hazards.
Miyamoto International, a global engineering, construction management and project management company conducted the assessment between June 27 and July 2 on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.
As there is no major damage, it is possible to begin trekking in the region. We have received the draft report and we have yet to get the final report.
Tulsi Gautam, Director general (Department of Tourism)
“As most of the trails and bridges are safe, we can resume trek from September after monsoon ends,” said Sagar Pandey, general secretary of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN).
#1 Many villages on the Everest Base Camp trail namely Lukla, Namche, Khumjung, Tengboche, and all villages above Dingboche do not appear to have been affected by landslide hazards.
#2 Villages like Phakding and Jorsale have significant existing rockfall hazard while Toktok, Bengkar and Shomore have been affected by very serious geotechnical hazards.
#3 None of the nine suspension bridges assessed by Miyamoto engineers appear to have been affected by new geotechnical hazards.
#4 Much of the trail and most of the rock retaining walls, both above and below the trails, are undamaged.
#5 Among 710 buildings approx, 120 buildings was observed for structural damage from which 83 percent building can be given a green tag i.e Safe.
#6 Damaged buildings can be repaired and building owners have started reconstruction.
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