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UPDATED: 12:44, November 06, 2005
Ill-equipped hospitals in Kathmandu Valley unable to handle casualties in major quake
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Hospitals in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley will not be able to handle the casualties if a major earthquake hits the valley, an official said in Kathmandu Sunday.

"We have found 80 percent of the hospitals in Kathmandu Valley do not meet even the basic earthquake resistant standard," Amod Dixit, executive director of the National Society for Earthquake Technology, a non-government organization of Nepal, told reporters.

Kathmandu Valley is the capital of Nepal, which consists of three districts of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.

Nepal is prone to earthquakes as it has witnessed an earthquake of about seven on the Richter Scale hits Nepal and surroundings every eight years, Dixit said, adding, "But the level of awareness among the Nepalese people is dismal."

"We are in a very vulnerable position, but we are still not taking concrete measures to mitigate the effects in case of a major quake," Dixit said.

"We might have strong infrastructure, but if the exits in any building cannot handle a large number people in rush, the strong building alone will not minimize the number of deaths," he added.

There are 14 major hospitals in Kathmandu Valley.

Source: Xinhua

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