Many Nepali families are eating better, wear better clothes, and have built stronger homes with the money relatives working overseas send home.
However, many of the houses are poorly engineered, use sub-standard raw material. This was the reason for the high fatality rate in Bara and Parsa this week. What appeared to be strong brick and cement houses crumbled like match-sticks within seconds as the tornado tore through the villages in a wreckage path 100m wide and up to 20km long.
It is a tragic irony that many who had invested in stronger houses perished in Bara on Sunday night. But poorer neighbours living in mud and thatch huts nearby survived.
The government says 1,895 huts and buildings went down in the storm, 955 structures were partially damaged and 940 collapsed completely — homes, brick kilns, health posts and mosques. Of the 27 people killed, four were from India.