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Two years after the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal, the resilience of the Nepalese people is seen through the process of rebuilding the country one brick at a time. Under the leadership of the Government of Nepal and with collaboration from development partners, the housing reconstruction program continues to move forward.
The progress achieved in Nepal is in line with other similar experiences in countries such as Pakistan and Indonesia. The progress so far is encouraging. As of the end of November, more than 430,000 households have received the first of three payments to rebuild their homes under the government’s housing reconstruction program. The key now will be in pushing ahead with delivery of what the government and its development partners have promised the Nepali people.
Earthquake-safer housing reconstruction in action

In April and May of 2015, two huge earthquakes struck Nepal. In addition to the devastating human cost, hundreds of thousands of houses were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable. Directed by the National Reconstruction Authority, the Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Program will encompass all of the housing stock to be rebuilt throughout Nepal.

Nepal Earthquake: One Year Anniversary
April 25, 2016. On the one-year anniversary of the major earthquakes of April and May 2015, Nepal and the international community reflected on these life-changing events. The country has endured a difficult year and much has been put in place to build back a more resilient Nepal. Since day one, the Government of Nepal has worked with development partners, international relief organizations, local and international NGOs, charities and ordinary people to support the extended relief effort. Today, these efforts are lead by the National Reconstruction Authority who continues coordinating the work between various government and non-government organizations, as well as Nepal’s international development partners. With resilience and determination, Nepal Rebuilds!
Lalman Tamang Rebuilds His House and His Life
Lalman Tamang lost his wife and his house when the earthquake hit. He owes his life to the beams that sheltered him from the crumbling stones and now lives in a makeshift shelter made up of salvaged timber and rubble materials. As part of the government’s reconstruction program, Lalaman is eligible to receive NRP 200,000 (Nepalese Rupees) to rebuild his house and his life. Video - Courtesy of the World Bank.
In 2015, two major earthquakes struck Nepal. In a matter of seconds, nearly 9,000 people lost their lives and over 22,000 people were injured. According to the Government of Nepal, the earthquake sequence destroyed approximately 490,000 houses, and rendered another 265,000 houses uninhabitable. The disaster's impact on poverty and livelihood has been severe, as the poorest and the most vulnerable communities were the hardest hit.
President Kim Announces Financing for Nepal Earthquake Recovery

June 23, 2015 - The World Bank Group will always stand with the people of Nepal, especially in their time of need. The World Bank is helping the country face its next challenge — moving beyond the emergency to start building back better. Subject to board approval, the WBG will provide $200 million to rebuild homes and $100 million in budget support to strengthen the financial sector.

The Story of the 1000 Earthquakes

With over 600 million people living along the fault-line across the Himalayan belt, South Asia’s earthquake exposure is very high. Over a one-year period from May 2013 to May 2014, there were a total of 1,247 recorded earthquake events of 4.0 magnitude or higher. It's time to prepare and to rebuild with more resilience.