In the six years after the earthquake, Nepal has lurched from one crisis after another. Even as the country was trying to recover from the disaster, the Tarai was rocked by violence, and the six-month Indian blockade brought the economy to a standstill.
There was hope that the overwhelming NCP dominance after 2017 would lead to devolution and better governance. It did not. The power struggle in the ruling party peaked last year, just as the Covid-19 crisis hit. Together, they brought an economy that was just recovering back to standstill again.
Despite political interference and delays due to the pandemic, of the 858,000 homes destroyed, 69% have been fully rebuilt and three-fourths of families have received all three instalments of housing grants of Rs300,000.