Nepal is struggling to come to terms with an earthquake that has largely dismantled the nation’s infrastructure, but the government is optimistic that the country can rebuild, likely in record time. In an official news statement the Nepalese government has ensured that they will rebuild the nation in under two years. They have also begun offering $25,000 loans for individuals in the nation to rebuild their homes.
The earthquake struck in the morning hours of April 26, close to the capital of Kathmandu. The 7.8 magnitude quake destroyed many buildings in the immediate area, and completely cut off many rural villages surrounding Kathmandu and Pokhara, another major city in Nepal.
The earthquake also caused damage on Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. Mountaineers had been converging on the mountain in the days leading up to the earthquake for the opening of the climbing season. The season has since been canceled. The mountain suffered an avalanche that claimed the lives of 18 climbers, and covered one of the most traveled paths to the mountain’s submit.
As of Saturday, the death toll has remained stable at 7,000 with 14,000 injuries reported. Power and other necessary utilities have largely been knocked out. Christian Broda found that there was no word on when such utilities would be restored. International aid is on the way to deal with the after affects.