UN nuclear agency to help Nepal after earthquakes

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Nepal after the recent earthquakes. Photo: UNESCO Kathmandu Office /Manhart Christian

Nepal is to be helped by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to test the integrity of buildings following recent earthquakes in the South Asian country.

That’s what the IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano told the agency’s Board of Governors in Vienna, Austria, on Monday.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The massive earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May left over 8,000 people dead and destroyed thousands of buildings.

Yukiya Amano explained to the IAEA Board of Governors what the agency is doing to help Nepal following the earthquakes.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, he said that the agency will support the government of Nepal in enhancing the safety of public places.

“This will include assisting Nepal in testing the integrity of critical buildings such as hospitals, schools and historical attractions using non-destructive testing techniques. This is another example of the agency’s ability to respond to the urgent needs of member states.” (22″)

Yukiya Amano’s presentation to the IAEA’s Board of Governors included a report on Japan’s Fukushima accident that happened in March 2011 and the current status of nuclear power worldwide.

The Board, which is one of the agency’s two policy making bodies meets five times a year.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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