Mar 30, 2016
2015 was an eventful year for Nepal. In April a massive earthquake struck followed by a powerful aftershock in May killing 8,850 people, injuring 22,000 people, and destroying 800,000 buildings. Basic service delivery was hampered particularly in the 14 hardest-hit districts, an estimated 700,000 people have been pushed below the poverty line, and GDP growth sunk to 3 percent against earlier projections of 6 percent. According to the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment, damages and losses rose to US$7 billion and reconstruction costs are estimated at US$6.7 billion.