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Boomtime for fuel smugglers in Nepal

KATHMANDU, 20 January 2016 (IRIN) - A severe fuel shortage has crippled Nepal, causing added hardship for millions of people already trying to recover from a devastating earthquake. But not everybody is suffering – a flourishing black market is enriching both smugglers and police. full report

How politics delayed Nepal reconstruction

PHNOM PENH, 14 January 2016 (IRIN) - After delays due to political haggling, Nepal’s government has finally authorised a National Reconstruction Authority to begin rebuilding the earthquake-devastated country, although the actual reconstruction will not begin for a couple of months – almost an entire year after the quake that killed about 9,000 people. full report

Briefing: Will a political dispute become a humanitarian disaster in Nepal?

PHNOM PENH, 21 December 2015 (IRIN) - Eight months after a huge earthquake devastated Nepal and killed almost 9,000 people, an import-crippling border blockade provoked by a political dispute has sent prices skyrocketing and is stalling efforts to rebuild. If left unresolved, hundreds of thousands of quake survivors, many of them still living without proper shelter, could suffer shortages this winter. full report

India border trouble blocks medicines to Nepal

YANGON, 9 December 2015 (IRIN) - Seven months after two devastating earthquakes, Nepal is facing “critical” shortages of life-saving medicines as political unrest along its border with India prevents imports of medical supplies and fuel. full report

Nepal unlocks quake funds: It only took 7 months!

KATHMANDU, 26 November 2015 (IRIN) - Seven months after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, the government has taken preliminary steps to begin spending billions pledged for reconstruction. full report

Politics prevents Nepal reconstruction

DOLAKHA DISTRICT, Nepal, 19 October 2015 (IRIN) - Six months after a massive earthquake devastated Nepal, people are still living in temporary shelters as political wrangling has prevented the disbursement of billions pledged by international donors for reconstruction. full report

Fuel shortage threatens Nepal aid as winter comes

DELHI, 12 October 2015 (IRIN) - Almost six months after Nepal was devastated by a massive earthquake, relief efforts are literally running on fumes. Tankers are unable to drive across the border from India. The country is running out of fuel. Will aid agencies be able to stock up remote, mountainous communities before they are cut off by the first winter snows? full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Overhauling aid, ending poverty and 'philanthrocapitalism'

LONDON, 9 October 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs, and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

IRIN's Top Picks: New aid narratives, El Niño and mapping mine deaths

LONDON, 28 August 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, podcasts, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report

Lessons from the rubble in Nepal

SINDHUPALCHOK DISTRICT, Nepal, 21 August 2015 (IRIN) - More than a million Nepalese children no longer have access to safe classrooms after earthquakes in April and May this year. Children are learning in makeshift classrooms fashioned out of tarpaulin sheets and poles, while others are still being taught on the rubble of their former schools. full report

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