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Image of Asia: A sheet-metal shelter before the rains come

May 19, 2015

In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, people whose home was damaged in an April 25 earthquake construct a temporary shelter out of galvanized sheet metal in Bhaktapur, Nepal. More than 756,000 buildings and homes in Nepal were damaged in the earthquake and another strong temblor last week, and the need for shelter is becoming urgent because the monsoon season starts in June. The two quakes killed more than 8,600 people, according to Nepal’s Home Ministry, and rebuilding is expected to require sustained international support. The U.N. has appealed for $423 million to meet the essential needs of residents over the next three months but only a small portion of the appeal has been met.

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