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Nepal Names Quake Relief Leader as Helo Flights End

By Staff Writer | January 4, 2016
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Nepal has named the leader of a national agency to rebuild earthquake-devastated areas after eight months of bureaucratic wrangling. The move might facilitate sustained helicopter support in areas damaged by last April's 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 9,000 people and injured 23,000-plus more. (The United Nations’ World Food Program has run out of money for helicopter relief flights in the country, according to a report by the Nepali Times newspaper.) International donors pledged $4.1 billion in June to support quake relief and reconstruction, but government and political leaders couldn’t agree on who would lead the National Reconstruction Authority to oversee that work. A surprise candidate, a civil engineer named Sushil Gyewali, was appointed in late December to run that agency.

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