Nepal rebuilds but landless locked out, Oxfam says

    by Matthew Ponsford, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Friday, 22 April 2016 20:35 BST

Abhishek Tamang, 4, looks on after receiving medical treatment, following Saturday's earthquake, at Dhading hospital, in Dhading Besi, Nepal April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A year after the deadly earthquake in Nepal, thousands of people, especially women, are being deprived of funds to rebuild because they cannot prove they owned the land where they lived, a report by Oxfam said.

Nepal's government requires proof of ownership, but many victims have lost documents and others did not formally own the land where they lived, said a report by the international anti-poverty organisation.

Land tenure is largely undocumented in Nepal, and data is limited and contradictory, the Oxfam report said.

"Families who are landless and who were living on unregistered land are very much uncertain about the future and support that the government had promised," said Prabin Man Singh, research and policy coordinator for Oxfam, who co-authored the report.

"Those families are the poorest and the most vulnerable among the victims."

Some 3 million people are living in temporary shelters with tarpaulin roofs ahead of Nepal's monsoon season, according to Save the Children, CARE International and other agencies.

The government this month began distributing grants of 200,000 Nepali rupees ($1,900) to ...

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