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Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin visits Nepal one year on from earthquake

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On the anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin is visiting the country to follow up relief efforts.

  • Ms Lövin with women bricklayers

    Ms Lövin meeting women bricklayers who teach safer building to withstand future disasters.

    Photos: Annika Flensburg/Government Offices

  • Ms Lövin and representatives of civil society organisations

    Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin discussing with organisations the importance of local civil society participating in reconstruction work.

    Photo: Annika Flensburg/Government Offices

  • Ms Lövin visiting Bhaktapur

    Ms Lövin visiting Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley, which was hit hard by the earthquake.

    Photo: Annika Flensburg/Government Offices

  • Ms Lövin with Nepal’s Prime Minister

    Ms Lövin and Nepal’s Prime Minister Oli.

    Photo: Annika Flensburg/Government Offices

One year ago, on 25 April, Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake, which was followed by another quake two weeks later. Almost 9 000 people lost their lives and the earthquake destroyed over 800 000 homes, schools and official buildings. Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin is now in Nepal to follow up on the humanitarian operation following the disaster.

"The terrible earthquake affected hundreds of thousands of people. Now it is important to learn lessons so that we can see how the effects of similar disasters can be mitigated and how relief efforts can become even better. These lessons are important ahead of the international humanitarian summit in May," says Ms Lövin.

Ms Lövin is meeting Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and Finance Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel, as well as the national reconstruction committee, to discuss reconstruction. Ms Lövin is also meeting representatives of IM Swedish Development Partner and of local civil society organisations. Sweden's support to Nepal amounted to over SEK 90 million last year, including through the World Food Programme, the International Committee of the Red Cross and IM Swedish Development Partner.