House with mud, husk-plastered roof avoids risk of fire: NAST

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LALITPUR — The Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) has conducted a successful test on a house with the roof plastered with mud and husk that prevents itself from catching fire.

Chief of the Technology Division under the NAST, Dr Suresh Kumar Dhungel, said a house with the roof plastered with husk and mud will prevent oxygen in, thus reducing the risk of a fire. A plastic sheet can also be used to prevent the mixture of mud and husk from flowing, he said, adding it costs approximately Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 for a house with this design.

Design for such house will be useful in the Tarai belt where thatched mud-and-straw houses are common and incidents of fire are frequent during the dry season. The method is believed to reduce fire incidents across the country.

A house made by applying this method will be warm and its expiring date will last long, he said.

Its successful test has been carried out in 13 Tarai districts so far, said the NAST. RSS