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Transit dependent evacuation planning for Kathmandu Valley: a case study

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  • Urmila Pyakurel
  • Marc Goerigk
  • Tanka Nath Dhamala
  • Horst W. Hamacher
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2016
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Operational Research/Nepal
Issue number1
Number of pages25
Pages (from-to)49-73
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Due to the increasing number of natural or man-made disasters, the application of operations research methods in evacuation planning has seen a rising interest in the research community. From the beginning, evacuation planning has been highly focused on car-based evacuation. Recently, also the evacuation of transit depended evacuees with the help of buses has been considered.

In this case study, we apply two such models and solution algorithms to evacuate a core part of the
metropolitan capital city Kathmandu of Nepal as a hypothetical endangered region, where a large part
of population is transit dependent. We discuss the computational results for evacuation time under a
broad range of possible scenarios, and derive planning suggestions for practitioners.