houses made with cement and steel are also vulnerable.
In reality the collapse is because of poor quality and absence of disaster resistant features in construction.
Another important step towards disaster mitigation
is to assess the vulnerability of the existing houses, damaged or otherwise. This vulnerability
can be reduced by “retrofitting”
them. It involves the application of appropriate measures
to increase their strength. Retrofitting is the least
costly, yet very effective, option for reducing damage
and saving lives in the event of future disasters.
In its efforts of promoting disaster mitigation NCPDP
takes up studies of the vernacular construction practices,
evolves appropriate disaster resistant technologies
for new and existing buildings, and strives for their
inclusion in disaster rehabilitation policy and programs.
These technologies are taken to the people through Capacity