Nepal marks one month since quake

Hundreds of people have held a candlelight vigil in Nepal’s capital to mark one month since the earthquake that killed thousands of people and affected millions.

About 200 people gathered at the Brikutimandap grounds in the heart of Kathmandu to remember the dead. They held a minute of silence, lit candles and signed messages in memory of those killed.

“We are here to pray for peace of the people who were killed and to pledge that we will rebuild the country,” student Suresh Niraula said.

In the afternoon about 400 people held hands to form a human chain around the site where Dharahara tower once stood. The Dharahara tower, built in 1832 with a 213-step spiral staircase, once offered a panoramic view of the capital. Its collapse in the earthquake crushed at least five dozen people.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25 and another powerful quake on May 12 together killed nearly 8,700 people and injured 16,800 others.

The government and development agencies are seeking money from donors to help rebuild Nepal.

The United Nations appealed for $423m (€385m) to cover key emergency sectors for three months.


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