Nepal marks one year since earthquake which killed 8,700

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A woman in front of traditional pottery in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square (April 2015). File Photo: Eric Ganz

Nepal is marking the one year anniversary of a series of major earthquakes which killed 8,700 people in the country.

The reconstruction effort is continuing with the UN supporting what it is calling green and sustainable post-disaster recovery.

Janie Cangelosi has more details.

The earthquake, which struck one year ago on Monday, and its aftershocks killed more than 8,700 people, injured over 22,000, and destroyed and damaged in excess of 250,000 houses.

Some 8.1 million people were directly affected, but millions across the mainly rural nation were exposed to increased landslides.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is promoting what it describes as a "green, resource-efficient and sustainable reconstruction process" in the country.

That process will focus on environmental recovery, restoration of life- and livelihood-supporting ecosystems, and on promoting resource efficiency.

UNEP estimates the economic cost due to landslides at nearly US$328 million.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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