Everest Trembled: Lessons Learned from the Nepal Earthquake Response, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, May 20, 2015 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the May 20, 2015 hearing entitled "Everest Trembled: Lessons Learned from the Nepal Earthquake Response," held before the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Matt Salmon: "As I mentioned during markup, Nepal was hit with a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, followed by another 7.3 magnitude earthquake on May 12, claiming the lives of over 8,000 people and leaving millions affected and at risk. Some have argued that the disaster in Nepal was partially mitigated by advanced preparation of USAID and others through its 60-year presence in Nepal engaging in disaster risk reduction. Today, we will discuss the U.S. Government efforts to alleviate the circumstances of disaster in Nepal. We expect our distinguished witnesses to highlight successful, effective pre-planning efforts. But I also expect an honest assessment of the long-term implications and challenges for rebuilding and protecting vulnerable communities. I would also like to hear about what we can do to make our foreign aid efforts more efficient. The United States has committed nearly $47 million for response and recovery efforts in Nepal. We are working with a dozen other nations in cooperation with the United Nations, as well as thousands of foreign personnel on the ground in Nepal assisting with our relief projects. Our efforts have been particularly concentrated on search and rescue, shelter, water, and sanitation. But we have been involved in nearly every aspect of the response to some degree." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Nisha Desai Biswal, Thomas H. Staal, Jonathan Stivers, and Anne A. Witkowsky.
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