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No new homes built by Nepal government one year after earthquake disaster

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One year on from the deadliest earthquake in Nepal’s history the Government has failed to build any permanent homes, exposing hundreds of thousands of people to another disaster as the monsoon season approaches. 

The government of Nepal’s National Reconstruction Authority is yet to release any funds for families to rebuild their homes.  In July 2015, families were promised 200,000 Nepalese Rupees (£1300) each for home reconstruction by the National Reconstruction Authority but nothing has been paid out.

The earthquake completely destroyed 600,000 homes and left a further 285,000 partially damaged. Hundreds of thousands of people are still living in makeshift and temporary shelters.  

There is particular concern for the people living in the worst-affected districts and for people without land tenancy who are facing displacement, including families in marginalised Dalit communities.

Bimal Phnuyal, Country Director for ActionAid Nepal, said:

“It is simply unacceptable that families are yet to receive the funds to reconstruct their homes twelve months after the earthquake struck.  With monsoon season approaching, hundreds of thousands of families now face sleepless nights worrying if the little they call home will soon be washed away.

“Families in Nepal need permanent homes to place them firmly on the path to recovery and long term development.  If Nepal wants to develop its economy, where one in four people live on less than $1.25 a day, it must start with the basics.

“The past year has shown the Government of Nepal has been able to work with the international community to bring its people through a devastating emergency.  Now, 12 months on from the earthquake, the government has the opportunity to show its commitment to long term development by helping families build permanent homes and other needs.  

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