Washington DC, April 26: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa has insisted the need of support from international community towards Nepal’s bid for post-earthquake reconstruction.
He said this in an interaction organized by Washington DC based United States Institute of Peace to mark the first year of the destructive earthquake occurred in Nepal.
Addressing the interaction, DPM Thapa said the top priority of the reconstruction is to construct private houses followed by the road and bridge, schools, health posts and tourism sites.
On the occasion, DPM Thapa shared that the earthquake had killed around 9,000 people, damaged 600,000 houses and cost the damage worth $ 7 billion in Nepal.
“We have lost many things but not the hope to come back”, he said, pledging to complete the reconstruction of Nepal within coming five years.
In doing so, we need continuous support from international community, he added. Thapa further informed that the government is making ground works to hold local body election within coming mid-November so as to leverage the campaign of reconstruction as well.
Though there are disagreements on the constitution from my side as well but I have accepted the new national charter since it is the document of compromise, he noted.
He however asserted that the constitution is subjected to amendment as per the need to address the problems. RSS