One year after earthquakes in Nepal, many are still struggling to rebuild their lives as frustration mounts over the slow government response. Paul Chapman reports.
Purba Namjel Tamang rebuilds his home in a remote Nepali village. It was reduced to rubble last year after a devastating earthquake killed 9,000 people and destroyed 900,000 homes. Poor communications have left many with the assumption that if they start rebuildi before they get government grants they won't be eligible. But with the rainy season closing in, Tamang and his family can't afford to wait. Nobody is helping us, he said. We've been waiting so long, what's going on? The government's National Reconstruction Authority which oversees earthquake relief funds from international donors has been plagued by political wrangling and corruption accusations. Many are frustrated by the slow speed at which the money's being distributed. An NRA spokesman tries to explain. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESPERSON OF THE NATIONAL RECONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY, RAM PRASAD THAPALIYA, SAYING: "The people's expectation is high, they are willing to obtain the house grants fast. But in any government doing something there needs to be some rules, regulations, procedures. For now, tents and make-shift accommodation will have to do. This man, a carpenter who's helping rebuild his neighbours' homes said the choice was simple. It's better for the whole village to stick together as a community, he says. If it's my fate to rebuild my home two or three times in my life, I'll do just that.