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A year after Nepal's 7.8-magnitude earthquake, reconstruction has barely begun

A year after Nepal's 7.8-magnitude earthquake, reconstruction has barely begun

Within days of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that nearly wiped this hilltop hamlet off the map, Raj Kumar Sahi began building a shed to shelter his family, salvaging twisted metal sheets and splintered strips of wood from the rubble of their four-room home.

A year later, the shed has taken on an air of permanence. A satellite dish crowns the tin roof and electrical cables snake through the panels that serve as walls. The dirt entryway is neatly swept. Above the door hangs a withered garland, a remnant of a festival several months ago.

The house still lies in a heap of stone and bricks, a constant reminder that the family – like nearly all of Nepal’s quake victims...

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