‘700,000 pushed to poverty’

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 13, 2015-

The national crisis caused by the earthquakes has pushed an estimated 700,000 people below the poverty line, the Post Disaster Needs Assessment report reveals.

Presenting the findings of the report on Saturday, National Planning Commission Vice-chairman Govinda Raj Pokharel said the poverty level was estimated to go up by more than 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent. As per the Human Development Report (2014), poverty prevalence in Nepal is 23.8 percent.

The disaster would also bear on human development. Over the last three decades, Nepal had been registering fast improvements on the Human Development Index. The earthquake has affected agriculture, education, water and sanitation, and heath, which are crucial elements of human development.

Published: 14-06-2015 08:32

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