• Millions of Nepal quake survivors still wait for aid

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    KATHMANDU: A year after an earthquake flattened her home in Nepal, Menuka Rokaya still lives in a tent with her husband and nine-month-old baby as they await even a sliver of a $4 billion aid fund. “We have lived like this with a baby through monsoon and winter,” says Rokaya, one of an estimated four million people who are still homeless. “The quake spared us, but it is difficult to survive now. Earlier, many people used to come here to help us. But… they have all disappeared now,” she told Agence France-Presse as she nursed her young daughter. The world rallied to donate money to help the desperately poor Himalayan nation after the 7.8-magnitude quake struck on April 25 last year. Nearly 9,000 people lost their lives in the disaster while over half a million homes were destroyed. But while $4 billion in aid has been raised, wrangling between political parties over control of the funds has meant that most victims have received nothing beyond an initial small payout.

    AFP

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