Bureaucracy delays reconstruction effort in Nepal

According to new reports, the government of Nepal has yet to spend any of the US$4.1 billion donated by foreign governments for relief and reconstruction following the devastating earthquakes in April and May because of internal bureaucracy and disagreements over how the money should be spent.

Destruction from the Nepal earthquakes in Chautara.

Destruction from the Nepal earthquakes in Chautara. Image by DFID - UK Department for International Development / CC BY 2.0

According to the newly created National Reconstruction Authority, it may be as late as October before the first projects get underway because of widespread reluctance to start reconstruction work during the monsoon. While many non-government agencies are already delivering aid, thousands of people in remote rural areas have yet to receive any kind of support. Read more: uk.reuters.com 

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