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“My house was gone. There was so much panic. People were shouting, crying and running. I could hardly see beyond a few metres, as clouds of dust covered the entire village and the hill. In a matter of a few seconds, my beautiful village looked like as if someone had bombed it,” says Jagat.


Despite this crippling loss, the couple was grateful to be alive. Nearly 9,000 were killed in the disaster.


Home Again


“We were lucky to survive that day. We would have died if we were inside the house,” says Jagat Lama. The 40-year- old and his wife were planting maize in their fields when the earthquake struck. Shaken and uncertain of what they had lost, they rushed to discover that the earthquake had demolished their two-storey home.


Jagat and his family spent several nights in the jungle and slept on a mattress made of straw while exposed to the harsh elements. They then spent another three months living under plastic sheets that provided little protection or comfort.


Now, thanks to donors like you, they have built a new home with a UNHCR shelter roof kit. Jagat and his family are delighted and wouldn’t have been able to rebuild their house without this support.


This family is just one of an estimated 900,000 who were forced to rebuild their homes.


SPOTLIGHT: NEPAL | 9


©UNHCR/Deepesh Das Shrestha


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