Nepal’s Mammoth Tasks After the Earthquake

Roma Rajpal Weiss

The world watched helplessly over the past two months as heart-wrenching images streamed in from Nepal. An estimated 8,500 people were killed in a major earthquake and massive aftershock that slammed the Himalayan country within a span of three weeks. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has confirmed that 8.1 million people — nearly a third of the country’s population — are in need of humanitarian support, while another 1.9 million require food assistance.

Delivery of aid continues to remain a big challenge as many districts are inaccessible by roads. With the monsoon season around the corner, the UN warns that the affected communities are more vulnerable than ever to torrential rains and potential landslides.

The natural disaster strikes Nepal at a time when it is still grappling with the political and economic instability of the past decade. The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) —…

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