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Japan, UNDP seal $1 million emergency grant deal to help Nepal

The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed an agreement for $1 million emergency grant in the aftermath of the two devastating earthquakes to manage debris and create emergency employment through a cash-for-work programme.
The fund will help jumpstart rapid recovery in the most affected districts, including debris management, safe demolition of damaged buildings, tools and equipment support, and other necessary support needed for early recovery over the next nine months, the UN press note said.
In three of the most affected districts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sindhupalchowk, the project will help contribute to the financial sustainability of the affected population, including those who are socially vulnerable, allowing restoration of livelihoods through the cash-for-work programme.
The project – which will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Governance – targets a total of 3,500 affected men and women, including 1,200 who will benefit from direct employment on debris removal and waste management work.
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 has left over 8,500 people dead and over 17,000 injured, with millions more affected. An estimated total of 500,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed or have been rendered unsafe for habitation.