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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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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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