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Nepal 100 days after quake

INTRO

The Himalayan nation of Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake on April 25 and then a large aftershock, which killed more than 8,800 people and left tens of thousands homeless.

Now about three months after the twin disasters, the country is still trying to come to its feet.

For communities in remote regions, rebuilding has yet to begin.

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Some three months after the two massive tremors, the scars still won’t heal.

The disasters claimed the lives of more than 8,800 and left destruction on a scale never seen in the country’s history.

But in the capital Kathmandu, life is returning to normalcy.

Shops have re-opened and tourists start to come back.

SOUNDBITE (NEPALI): KRISHNA MAHARJAN, Shop owner
“I open my shop from 8 am to 9 pm. The business is not good as before. But there are a few tourists in the area these days and they come out for shopping in the evenings.”

But in areas outside the capital, there’s little improvement.

Take the district of Sindhupalchowk for example.

The area is the worst-hit in the disasters, with nearly 2,000 people killed.

Steep mountains and damaged roads have drastically slowed relief and rebuilding efforts.

SOUNDBITE (NEPALI): RAMJI THAPA, Excavator operator
“Hundreds of vehicles run on this highway carrying relief materials but the road is often blocked due to landslides, stopping all cars.”

Some 80 percent of houses in the district were destroyed in the tremors and tens of thousands of people are still living in makeshift tents up to now.

STANDUP (ENGLISH): SHRISTI KAFLE, CNC Correspondent
“It has been more than three months since the massive earthquake and the relief distribution program is still underway. So, let’s talk with people.”

SOUNDBITE (NEPALI): SHYAM TAMANG, Resident in Sindhupalchowk
“Our houses was destroyed and we are now living in tents. We have not received the zinc sheets distributed by the government. Some aid groups have visited us and they give us some rice, utensils and other daily necessities.”

SOUNDBITE (NEPALI): KUL BAHADUR TAMANG, Resident in Sindhupalchowk
“We requested relief and received 15,000 rupees from the government. But we have no idea that the government is distributing relief items.”

Moving further into the mountains, the picture gets dimmer.

People in the hard-to-reach areas still need shelter, food and basic medical care.

SOUNDBITE (NEPALI): PURITA SHERPA, Sindhupalchowk resident
“My house is cracked, so we can’t live here. I stay in the house during the day but sleep in a tent at night. There’s always the risk of landslides. I received 15,000 rupees from the government and some relief materials. But we don’ t know whether the government will rebuild our house or not, so we are just waiting.”

In June, foreign donors pledged 4.4 billion U.S. dollars in aid for Nepal, but the money can only cover about two-third of what the Himalayan nation says it needs.

Officials say it might take years to rebuild, and for those who have survived the disasters, the big hope is to return to their homes as soon as possible.

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