Earthquake pushed 1 million Nepalese below poverty line

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A national crisis caused by the April 25 earthquake and its aftermath has pushed an estimated one million people below poverty line, a Nepal government report has revealed.

Presenting the findings of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) report on Saturday, National Planning Commission vice-chairman Govinda Raj Pokharel said it was estimated that the poverty-level would go up by more than 2.5-3.5 percent.

Nepal has reopened most of the heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of strong earthquakes that devastated parts of the country recently, hoping to bring back foreign tourists.

Tourism minister Kripasur Sherpa said six of the seven heritage sites closed after the quakes were reopened Monday.

The earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 killed more than 8,700 people. Hundreds of thousands of buildings were damaged, including old temples, palaces and other historical structures that are popular with tourists.

About 800,000 foreign tourists visit Nepal every…

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