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Nepal earthquake one year: Himalayan nation still under rubble

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Kathmandu, Apr 22: Millions of families in Nepal went homeless after devastating earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale jolted the Himalayan nation on April 25, 2015.

The devastating earthquake and aftershocks left around 9,000 people dead and more than 20,000 people injured. The nation is still trying to come out of the shock.

Nepal earthquake: One year on

Heritage sites destroyed by the Nepal earthquakeHeritage sites destroyed by the Nepal earthquake

Here are some facts about the Nepal earthquake

  • Affected families have been given 25,000 rupees ($250, £164) by government to buy corrugated sheets and warm clothes.
  • Government has given Rs 40,000 rupees ($400 for the death of each family member.
  • The official reconstruction is yet to kick-off.
  • Nepal announced to set up National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) in December 2015 only.
  • A large number of aftershocks occurred, including one that measured 7.3 on 12 May 2015.
  • 800,000 houses most of them located in the western and central districts of Nepal, BBC reported citing International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
  • Several people are still missing and have never been accounted for.
  • More than a dozen climbers also lost their lives after being struck in an avalanche near Mount Everest base camp.
  • According to government 500,000 families went homeless after the earthquake.
  • Tourism, considered as backbone of Nepal's economy was hit drastically after the earthquake. According to Department of Tourism 30% decrease was felt in tourism industry in 2015.
  • The Nepal government is expecting that 2016 will be better.
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