UPDATE: VA-TF1/USA-1 Completed Structural Assessments at the Changu Narayan Temple Today

11119002_822865467750514_8177600797473785578_oToday task force members completed structural assessments at the Changu Narayan Temple.

Changu Narayan is considered the oldest temple in Nepal and is located approximately 10 km north of Bhaktapur.  The original construction dates to 325 A.D., and the complex is on the list of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage sites.  Technical advice was conveyed to the local officials regarding how to mitigate structural deficiencies.  Upon request, team members undertook light breaching operations to recover precious ancient artifacts for preservation.

Task force members also completed a structural assessment of a housing complex that is currently being used to house displaced citizens.  Following the completion of the assessment, approximately 40 residents were able to re-occupy the structure.  Additional assessments included ongoing humanitarian needs and infrastructure (roads) still affected in the region.

The team also had the opportunity to meet US Agency for International Development‘s (USAID) Acting Administrator, Alfonso Lenhardt.  Acting Administer Lenhardt is in Nepal to survey damage caused by the earthquake and to demonstrate USAID’s continued support for the people of Nepal.

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Lenhardt met with members of USA-1, USA-2 and the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), to express his appreciation for all their hard work.

Please continue to keep the members of VA-TF1/USA-1, their colleagues, families and all those impacted by the earthquake in your daily thoughts and prayers.

Photos provided by the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu, Nepal and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.