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Jun 25, 2015

Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Nepal quake aid

KATHMANDU, June 25 (Reuters) – Earthquake-hit Nepal received
pledges of aid worth $4.4 billion on Thursday, or two-thirds of
the amount needed over five years for reconstruction after a
devastating earthquake two months ago, Finance Minister Ram
Sharan Mahat said.

Half of the money pledged at an international conference in
Kathmandu is in the form of grants and the rest is in the form
of concessional loans, Mahat said.

Jun 25, 2015

India, China pledge nearly $1.5 billion in Nepal quake aid

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – India and China pledged nearly $1.5 billion in aid for earthquake reconstruction in impoverished Nepal on Thursday, as the Asian giants try to help it back on its feet and expand influence in the buffer state.

Two quakes, on April 25 and May 12, killed 8,832 people, injured more than 22,000 and forced tens of thousands into temporary shelters. Nepal’s government has estimated the cost of recovery at over $6.6 billion, equivalent to one third of its gross domestic product.

Jun 15, 2015

Nepal re-opens damaged monuments to kickstart tourism after quakes

BHAKTAPUR, Nepal (Reuters) – Nepal re-opened hundreds of earthquake-damaged monuments at heritage sites on Monday, trying to draw visitors back to the Himalayan nation less than two months after two devastating tremors killed about 8,800 people.

At least 743 monuments were damaged by the quakes that struck Nepal on April 25 and May 12, including centuries-old temples, monasteries and palaces listed as world heritage sites by UNESCO.

Jun 13, 2015

Aid-dependent Nepal says needs $6.6 billion for post-quake rebuilding

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Earthquake-battered Nepal will ask international donors to support a reconstruction plans that is expected to cost $6.6 billion over five years, the government said on Saturday.

Two quakes on April 25 and May 12 killed 8,787 people and destroyed more than 500,000 homes, affecting 2.8 million of the Himalayan nation’s 28 million people.

Jun 11, 2015

Tourism-reliant Nepal to seek assurances Everest is safe after quakes

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will ask international experts to assess the safety of Mount Everest trekking trails in an effort to convince tourists it is safe to return after two devastating earthquakes closed most routes.

The quakes, on April 25 and May 12, killed almost 9,000 people and shook mountains triggering avalanches that killed scores of climbers and guides. Experts say catastrophic landslides could be triggered during this monsoon season that begins in mid-June.

Jun 8, 2015

Nepal parties resolve disputes over constitution after quake

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Feuding political parties said on Monday they had agreed to split Nepal into eight federal provinces, ending years of stalemate over the new constitution intended to stabilize the country after civil war and the abolition of its monarchy.

The agreement came a month after deadly earthquakes shattered Nepal and analysts said politicians may have shown greater urgency to overcome the impasse following criticism of their response to the disaster.

May 31, 2015

Wary children return to schools after Nepal earthquake

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Thousands of children affected by last month’s earthquake in Nepal returned to schools on Sunday, a working day in the Himalayan nation, five weeks after the disaster killed more than 8,600 people and destroyed many homes.

Dressed informally, children clutched their parents’ hands before filing past ruins of collapsed buildings to enter tarpaulin tents and makeshift cottages that will serve as their schools until their old one is re-built.

May 27, 2015

Nepal recovers more human remains from US chopper crash site

KATHMANDU, May 27 (Reuters) – Nepal has found more human
remains at the site where a U.S. military helicopter crashed
during a mission to aid victims of the country’s earthquake, the
army said on Wednesday.

The recovery was made on May 25, 10 days after the bodies of
six U.S. Marines and two Nepali soldiers were found among the
wreckage of the aircraft in mountains northeast of the capital
Kathmandu.

May 26, 2015

Nepal moves to protect children from traffickers after quake

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal banned children from traveling without parents or approved guardians on Tuesday in an unprecedented move to deter human traffickers who authorities fear are targeting vulnerable families after last month’s devastating earthquake.

Hundreds of thousands of families lost their homes in Nepal after two large earthquakes struck on April 25 and May 12, killing more than 8,600 people and raising concerns among rights groups that trafficking rings in the region are taking advantage of the chaos.

May 24, 2015

Nepalese river blocked by landslide flowing again

KATHMANDU, May 24 (Reuters) – A river dammed up by a huge
landslide in Nepal’s northwest has begun flowing again but the
risks of flash floods are not over yet, police said on Sunday.

The landslide at Ramche village in Myagdi district, about
140 km (90 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, struck on Saturday
night and blocked the Kali Gandaki river, triggering fears that
a large volume of water would build up and then burst through,
causing floods downstream that could reach as far as India.