Nepalis begin rebuilding after quake

Survivors in Nepal's capital start cleanup, as aid agencies still try to reach remote areas that have not received help

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Earthquake survivors in Kathmandu have begun cleanup work two weeks after the massive earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people and affected 8 million of Nepal's 28 million people hit the country.

Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage, is being repaired by workers, but many believe the whole process of rebuilding lives may take years.

"We had a very tragical incident happen, and this world heritage site was completely damaged. And our prime minister has assured us that they will rebuild everything but of course this will take years to build up," local resident told Reuters.

Meanwhile, the United Nations and international NGOs continue to send aid to the country, but the UN says only a fraction of the requested emergency funds, $22.4 million out of $415 million, has arrived.

Aid teams are trying to reach remote areas that have not yet received aid and worry about not being able to deliver shelter, water and sanitation aid to help curb the spread of disease before the approaching monsoon season.

Japanese teams set up a makeshift hospital in Kathmandu to treat wounded people with 110 medical staff.

The 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal has killed more than 8,000 people and flattened towns and villages. Nearly 18,000 people were injured, and more than 541,000 buildings damaged. The UN says 1.7 million of those affected by the quake are children.

The UN has also warned of the challenges facing Nepal's farming community, which comprises up to two-thirds of the country's population.

The government said the cost of the first phase of reconstruction would be $2 billion.

TRTWorld and agencies