A year after the worst earthquake in Nepal’s history struck at four minutes to mid-day on April 25 last year, the Himalayan nation is remembering the 9,000 victims of the 7.8-magnitude quake and a second tremor 17 days later.
Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli joined Buddhist monks at a prayer ceremony on Monday to mark the start of rebuilding at five ancient monuments destroyed in an earthquake that killed thousands and devastated the country’s rich cultural heritage.
Much of the hard work of rebuilding Nepal still lies ahead, the White House said on Monday, a year after the nascent Himalayan democracy was hit by an earthquake.
“One year ago today, a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people, injuring tens of thousands more and leaving millions without homes,” said Ned Price, spokesperson of the National Security Council, White House.
“Much of the hard work of rebuilding Nepal still lies ahead,” said Price.
While restoration work has begun on a handful of temples, including the fifth-century Changu Narayan complex, officials say it will be years before Nepal’s rich architectural heritage can be fully restored.
The rebuilding of houses has been even slower to start and on Sunday, protesters marched on government offices to demand faster reconstruction efforts.
The Red Cross says four million people are still living in flimsy shelters after the disaster.