Nepal Earthquake

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Agence France-Presse: Debt traps threaten Nepal quake victims

January 6, 2017

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Agence France-Presse (AFP) quotes The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Nepal George Varughese: “There is a movement towards what we call a debt trap because people who have not been able to get on with their livelihood, with rebuilding homes or with income generation, have borrowed against future earnings,” said George Varughese, the Asi… Read more

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Asia Foundation Releases Study on Housing Reconstruction Cash Grants in Post-Earthquake Nepal

Kathmandu, December 16, 2016

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The deadly earthquakes in April and May of 2015 in Nepal caused massive housing destruction with over half a million houses collapsed or badly damaged. In order to get people back into safer, permanent housing, the Government of Nepal and major donors developed the Nepal Rural Housing Reconstruction Program (RHRP), currently the core of the governm… Read more

A year and a half after a series of major earthquakes struck Nepal, causing widespread devastation and killing nearly 9,000 people, the pace of reconstruction remains painfully slow. Above, temporary shelter set up after the earthquakes. 

4 Things to Know About Post-Earthquake Aid and Recovery in Nepal

October 5, 2016

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A year and a half after a series of major earthquakes struck Nepal, causing widespread devastation and killing nearly 9,000 people, the pace of reconstruction remains painfully slow. One month ago, the prime minister announced an additional $1,000 in relief per household, which would raise the total resources available to each affected household to… Read more

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Asia Foundation Releases Report on Aid and Recovery in Post-Earthquake Nepal

Kathmandu, September 26, 2016

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Following the deadly earthquakes in Nepal last year, The Asia Foundation developed the Independent Impacts and Recovery Monitoring (IRM) project, which tracks the effectiveness of aid delivery and its impact on recovery in the aftermath of the earthquakes. Recently, the Foundation released the second phase of reports, which focuses on the depth of… Read more

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A Pyrrhic Victory and Ominous Sign for Politics in Nepal

August 10, 2016

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Last week, Nepal elected Pushpa Kamal Dahal (aka Prachanda, the “fearsome one”) as the country’s 24th prime minister in 25 years. The former rebel chief and chairman of the CPN-Maoist Center (MC) was sworn in to govern for a whopping nine months. Following his turn, Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba is already lined up to govern as prime mi… Read more

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Thomson Reuters Foundation: Nepal quake survivors struggle with debt, raising trafficking fears

July 26, 2016

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Thomson Reuters Foundation interviews The Asia Foundation’s Deputy Country Representative in Nepal Nandita Baruah on critical issues facing post-earthquake Nepal: More than a year on, reconstruction has been slow with unrest over a new constitution adding to the delays. Unable to find work, hundreds of Nepalis are deep in debt, the Asia Foundation… Read more

Reconstruction of a house in Nele VDC. Most of the earthquake-affected districts lie in the hilly and mountain regions with very poor to no road networks. 

Tracking Conditions on the Ground in Post-Earthquake Nepal

June 1, 2016

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The impacts of the devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May of 2015 are still being felt by thousands of families in affected districts. It has been, and will continue to be, a significant challenge for Nepal to fully recover. In order to plan and implement effective responses, up-to-date and accurate information from the field wi… Read more

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, followed by an even more devastating quake two weeks later resulting in almost 9,000 deaths, 8 million people affected, and vast swaths of the nation in rubble including the capital, Kathmandu. Photo/Tenzing Paljor 

One Year After Nepal Earthquake, a Nation Still Struggling to Recover

April 20, 2016

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On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, followed by an even more devastating quake two weeks later resulting in almost 9,000 deaths, 8 million people affected, and vast swaths of the nation in rubble including the capital, Kathmandu. Now one year on, hundreds of aftershocks are still ongoing and the nation is still struggling to recover. On… Read more

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Best of the Blog 2015

December 23, 2015

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Season’s Greetings! On behalf of In Asia’s editorial board and bloggers, we thank you for your engagement and continued readership throughout the year. This week we feature a countdown of the year’s most-read pieces: our top 10 blog posts on some of the most pressing events and issues in Asia throughout 2015. We return on January 6 with the first issue of 2016.

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Nepal: The Quake and the Constitution

June 24, 2015

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Two months have passed since Nepal was rocked by a series of devastating earthquakes. The tremors continue, but it appears that the earth is finally settling and some respite may be had – for a short while at least, until the monsoon rains bring their annual havoc of landslides and floods, which are certain to be far worse this year…

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Chinese Foundations and NGOs Cross Border to Aid Nepal

June 10, 2015

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On April 25, moments after I heard the news that a powerful earthquake had struck Nepal, colleagues from several NGOs in China, including the One Foundation and Save the Children, contacted me to discuss how to respond to this disaster next door. Using the WeChat app, our group expanded quickly. A dozen Chinese and international organizations active in disaster management in China joined the discussion.

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Quake That Shook the Earth Now Shaking Nepal’s Social Fabric

May 13, 2015

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Another powerful earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, collapsing hillsides and already-damaged buildings and sending panicked citizens once again running into the streets. The 7.3 magnitude quake was followed by several aftershocks, including one of magnitude 5.6 and another of 6.3. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake of April 25 had already left much of Nepal completely devastated. On May 4, the government reported that 7,365 people had died and 14,355 people had been injured.

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Nepal suffers second major earthquake

May 13, 2015

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Nepal suffered a second major earthquake this week, causing more death and destruction and disrupting recovery efforts. The Asia Foundation has issued rapid, catalytic grants and provided emergency assessment and relief in collaboration with 39 local NGOs and institutions. Through our partners, the Foundation is providing psychosocial support and l… Read more

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In Nepal’s Far-Flung Villages, the Suffering Continues

May 6, 2015

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In the remote village of Shyam Sathu in the hills of Sindhupalchok, I came upon a solitary young man in his mid-twenties – I’ll call him Arun – wrapped in a humble white garment, head shaven, and barefoot, staring into oblivion towards the high Himalayas. The village folk told me that his wife and two children had died in the earthquake. He was lost, alone, and devastated – overwhelmed by impermanence.

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In Quake’s Wake, the Price of Political Disarray

April 29, 2015

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The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday morning, April 25, and the 6.5 aftershock the following day, left frightened residents here in Kathmandu huddled in the rain in streets blocked with rubble and shaken by powerful tremors that made those structures still standing too dangerous to enter. Deaths are now estimated at over 5,500, a number that will continue to climb as emergency workers dig through collapsed buildings and push into the most affected districts of Dhading, Gorkha, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok.

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Nepal Earthquake Fund

April 29, 2015

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As shaken Nepalis search for earthquake survivors, funeral pyres burn day and night and the death toll continues to rise – over 5,500 confirmed. As major international relief efforts get underway, our affiliate organization, Give2Asia, is developing a long-term rehabilitation program focusing on psycho-social, education, livelihood, and health care… Read more