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Rebuilding from Nepal Earthquake

Content by: South-South News

7 July 2016, New York, USA | South-South News — International film star and Nepal earthquake survivor Michelle Yeoh traveled back to Kathmandu last week as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program. She visited the capital and surrounding villages and exchanged stories with fellow survivors of overcoming fear and loss and gaining strength and hope. Yeoh also met with Nepalese government officials to emphasize the importance of preparedness and resilience building in order to minimize tragedy and loss in the future.

“It’s not just building, it’s how do we help them construct a permanent home again. But it’s not just about reconstruction it’s also about removal of debris, cleaning up before to reset the foundation again,” Yeoh said.

The 2015 earthquake was the worst disaster to hit the country since the 1934 earthquake. Latest government figures indicate 8,850 dead, and over 22,400 people injured. Eight million people are affected across Nepal. Damages and losses rose to $7 billion.

“There are great challenges ahead, but what you see is hope, tenacity, strength in the people. And also we see reconstruction of livelihoods. They need water, they need their houses to be rebuilt, they need cows, they need basic life, things that make their life feel normal again,” Yeoh said, “There’s much to do to rebuild the bridges, to rebuild the farmlands, irrigation. But there is hope because there is determination. And the people of Nepal are not just sitting back and saying ‘just give it to me’, they want you to help them rebuild a better Nepal.”

The “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” star was in Katmandu with her husband attending an international sports conference when the earthquake struck on April 25, 2015.

 

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