Nepal Earthquake Survivors Turn to Rebuilding Homes and Lives

Six years ago, Paru Shrestha's family tore down their old home in the Nepali town of Sankhu and replaced it with a modern, five-storey house. It probably saved their lives.
On April 25, a devastating earthquake killed over 7,700 people and flattened towns and villages across central Nepal, including most of Sankhu's fine old buildings.
But Shrestha's no-frills home stood cracked yet intact among the rubble and dust of neighboring buildings.
"If this was an old house, we'd all be gone," said Shrestha, a 28-year-old office worker in the nearby capital Kathmandu.
Ten days after the 7.8 magnitude quake, many people were still searching debris for the bodies of loved ones, or struggling to recuperate from injury and trauma.
Many surveyed their wrecked communities and wondered how they would ever rebuild.
Survivors across the Himalayan nation expressed gratitude for international relief workers and the local soldiers who sped to their aid in the disaster's wake.
Now many fret that foreigners may not stay long enough to help with the equally daunting task of resurrecting homes and livelihoods, while the Nepalese government's reputation for inefficiency and graft is a further cause for concern.



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