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One year on, quake victims still living in tents

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KATHMANDU — One year after 7.6 magnitude quake struck Nepal, an expected four million individuals are still living in sub-standard makeshift havens that pose a threat to their health and well-being.

On the commemoration of its worst natural disaster in living memory, the country is still in crisis.

The earthquake that killed almost 9,000 people and over 22,302 people were injured, a significant number of the people who lost their homes are still living in tents and under tarps.

More than 800,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake and providing shelter remains the paramount humanitarian priority.

But despite achievements in many areas of earthquake recovery efforts, little progress has been made so far towards helping survivors rebuild permanent homes.

“Living under plastic shelters was never intended as a permanent solution,” said Dev Ratna Dhakwa, secretary general of Nepal Red Cross Society. “Our aim is to restore the dignity of survivors who have endured massive personal loss. To do this, they need to be reassured that they will have the security of a real home in near future.”

Several earthquake victims have had no Government help by any means.

Of the $4 billion pledged by international donors in rebuilding help, just $1 billion has been committed to rebuilding efforts.

The Government promised 200,000 Nepalese Rupees to each earthquake victim — but there was a catch.

The government could not appoint a chief to its National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) until December, with various political parties wasting eight months bickering over which of them would be represented in the top job.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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