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 Four months after quakes, Nepal fails to spend any of $4.1 billion donor money
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Posted on 09-02-15 9:58 AM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Four months after quakes, Nepal fails to spend any of $4.1 billion donor money

Two months after foreign countries and international agencies pledged $4.1 billion to help Nepal recover from its worst natural disaster, the government has yet to make arrangements to receive the money and has spent nothing on reconstruction.

The United Nations estimates almost three million survivors of twin earthquakes in April and May – around 10 percent of the Himalayan nation's population – need shelter, food and basic medical care, many in mountainous, hard-to-reach areas.

Govind Raj Pokharel, chief executive officer of the newly created National Reconstruction Authority, said the government was unlikely to start spending the money until October at the earliest because of delays in approving plans and concerns about starting building work in the monsoon season.

"The government's response has been slow. I accept that," said Pokharel.

Nepal has been criticized for its chaotic response to the quakes that killed almost 9,000 people. The country failed to adequately prepare even though experts had predicted an earthquake was likely. And then the government struggled to cope with relief.Four months later, many partially damaged buildings in Kathmandu are still standing and rubble is strewn across public parks. Tens of thousands of people are living in plastic tents, preyed upon by flies and mosquitoes, with muddy paths and no drains.

Maili Pariyar, 50, knitting a purse to sell outside her tent, said she only received food and tent materials from aid agencies. She has not been given anything by the government.

"We have lost everything. We are desperate," she said. "How much longer do we have to wait for help?"

Pokharel said the government had failed to spend any money because ministers had still not signed off on rebuilding and aid distribution plans.He said the government made an error by attempting to pass a contentious constitution that will create a new political system and divide the country into new regions, a decision that has led to deadly clashes. The government argues the overhaul will help reconstruction in the long run by creating greater stability.

"We would have liked it if they concentrated on the reconstruction first," Pokharel said. "That would have been better."

Jamie McGoldrick, the U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal, said the government had been sluggish.

"The government needs to get going," he said. "The next big challenge is to ensure that people living in tents are prepared for the winter."After a two-month wait, Pokharel was appointed to head the reconstruction authority two weeks ago. He is now based in a government office that oversees printing because the earthquake damaged other buildings."We have lost time and now we need to catch up," he said.


Posted on 09-02-15 11:53 AM     [Snapshot: 57]     Reply [Subscribe]
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this earthquake was a jackpot for many NGOs, INGOs, banks and politicians (families spreading rumors that we need more money). For skeptic people, this was predicted and we know no amount of money can save Nepal. In short, some group of people in Nepal will be flithy rich. i hope this is a lesson for peole living overseas NOT to join the rally demanding more money for develoment. There is plenty already if used without corruption. Fool me once, shame on YOU. Fool me twice, shame on ME.
Posted on 09-02-15 1:31 PM     [Snapshot: 120]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Nepal is a failed nation, not even trillion dollar could save that place. If money could have solved everything it would already have had. Looks lie interstellar dialogue fits perfectly to most of educated Nepalese living abroad "We were born in Nepal, but we were never meant to die there, we were never meant to save NEPAL, we're meant to leave it"
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We should spend wisely as well right people should get it. Were we able to do the first phase work ? I think peoples residing in remote area did not get any or not enough in comparison to people who were close to Kathmandu city.
Posted on 09-02-15 5:29 PM     [Snapshot: 230]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Mr President of Nepal, I want my donation back

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