World Bank announces $500 mn for Nepal

Kathmandu, June 23 (IANS) The World Bank Group on Tuesday announced a financial aid of up to $500 million to Nepal for reconstruction following the April earthquake.

The announcement was made ahead of an international donor conference here on Thursday, The Himalayan Times reported.

According to the government, the April 25 temblor caused damage worth $500 million to physical infrastructure and assets. The official death toll is 8,832. Hundreds of people are still unaccounted for.

The World Bank aid will consist of $200 million for housing reconstruction in poor rural areas and another $100 million for the government’s budget and to strengthen the banking system.

The bank said an additional $100-200 million will be redirected from existing World Bank projects in Nepal and invested in reconstruction efforts.

“The World Bank Group stands with the people of Nepal in their time of need,” said its president Jim Yong Kim.

“We are working with the government of Nepal and its international partners to help the country get the resources it needs to build back better.

“We will do everything possible to help people who suffered from the earthquake, especially the poor, rebuild their homes and livelihood,” he said.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here