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Jul 30, 2015

Landslide near Nepal’s popular Annapurna trek route kills 30

LUMLE, Nepal (Reuters) – Landslides triggered by torrential rain in Nepal swept through villages on Thursday, killing at least 30 people close to the nation’s most popular trekking circuit, home ministry officials said.

The landslides struck the villages near the resort town of Pokhara, 125 km (77 miles) west of Kathmandu shortly after midnight.

Jul 23, 2015

Quake-hit Nepal reopens Annapurna circuit after experts give all clear

KATHMANDU, July 23 (Reuters) – Nepal reopened its most
popular trekking trail to tourists on Thursday after
international experts said it was safe, three months after two
devastating earthquakes led the government to close most hiking

Miyamoto International, a California-based structural
engineering company, said in a report that quake-related damage
in the Annapurna region “was very limited”.

Jul 15, 2015

Quake-hit Nepal to train 50,000 workers for reconstruction

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Earthquake-hit Nepal will train 50,000 workers to help carry out reconstruction, the finance minister said, the biggest skill development program in the country’s history as economic growth is expected to fall to the slowest rate in eight years.

The impoverished country says it needs $6.6 billion to rebuild after twin earthquakes in April and May killed almost 9,000 people in the country’s worst natural disaster. Delivering the annual budget on Tuesday, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat Mahat said the government will train tens of thousands of people to work as carpenters, plumbers, electricians and masons.This will help plug a labor shortage as millions of young Nepalis travel to the Middle East and other Asian nations to work, particularly on construction sites.Mahat said the economy is likely to grow at 3 percent this fiscal year, the lowest rate since 2007. Finance ministry officials said the reconstruction will help boost growth to 6 percent by next year.

Jul 9, 2015

Frustration grows among Nepal quake survivors as monsoon swamps camps

GAJURKOT, Nepal (Reuters) – Weeks after annual monsoon rains started to lash Nepal, Kanchhi Maya Sherpa sits inside a makeshift tent on a soggy soccer pitch, flies crawling over her swollen mouth and limbs.

    Doctors say the 82-year-old had developed a fungal infection from living for weeks under the damp tarpaulin, but her family couldn’t afford to send her to a hospital.

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.