Nepal Devastated And Torn One Year After The Deadly Earthquake

by
Sameera Ehteram
A year after Nepal was ravaged by a massive earthquake, billions of dollars in aid has yet to see the light of the day.

Thousands of lives came crashing down in Nepal when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the country on April 25, 2015, and just when it was getting back on its feet, another earthquake ripped through the country on May 12.

 

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A year later, the millions donated by the world, from people as well as governments and industry giants, have yet to filter down to the people in dire need of help.

Even as heartwarming reports of people and governments coming together to help the devastated people of the country poured in, there were no signs of the aid reaching the people of Nepal.

Nepal’s Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat alleged that "not a single dollar has been deposited into government accounts."

"So, I don't say that it will not come," he added. "It will take some time but as of now the government's entire operation is entirely funded by the government's own internal resources."

However, here are just some glimpses of the country a year onward:

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Caption: Women walk past the debris of collapsed temples at Hanumandhoka Durbar Square during the first anniversary of the earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Caption: A man walks past the collapsed monastery at the Swoyambhunath Stupa, a UNESCO world heritage in Khatmandu.

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Caption: A volunteer cleans the premises of Hanumandhoka Durbar Square during the first anniversary of the earthquake.

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Caption: Women clean the premises of the historic nine-story Dharara tower during the first anniversary of the earthquake.

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Caption: People fetch water from a well near the debris of collapsed houses damaged during the April 2015 earthquake, in Bhaktapur, Nepal March 18, 2016.

According to the Red Cross, 4 million people are still living in poor-quality temporary shelters, posing a threat to their health and wellbeing

“Recovering from a disaster is a huge task and it can take decades for countries to properly mend," Desmond Swayne, the United Kingdom’s international development minister, said. "The building season in Nepal has now begun.”

Prabin Manandhar, Nepal head of the Christian charity Lutheran World Federation, feels otherwise: “We need to help the communities affected by the disaster. We have to fast-track this, otherwise people will die.”

Protests and dismay mark the one-year anniversary. People came out to protest near the prime minister's office, demanding the government begin rebuilding.

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Caption: Nepalese police personnel try to stop protesters during a demonstration against the government for the delay on reconstruction and relief of the 2015 earthquakes in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Caption: Nepalese police personnel try to stop protesters during a demonstration against the government for the delay on reconstruction and relief of the 2015 earthquakes in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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