Nepalese people light butter lamps during a spiritual prayer event to mark the 49th day of the devastating earthquake on April 25 at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, June 13, 2015. During the occasion, 100,000 butter lamps were lit, followed by silent observation and spiritual prayers. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma) (zjy)
Nepalese people light butter lamps during a spiritual prayer event to mark the 49th day of the devastating earthquake on April 25 at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, June 13, 2015. During the occasion, 100,000 butter lamps were lit, followed by silent observation and spiritual prayers. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma) (zjy)

Nepal’s resumed sanitation social movement after the deadly earthquake disaster as the 16th National Sanitation Action Week focused on improving hygiene and sanitation during the post-disaster period this year.

Nepalese people light butter lamps during a spiritual prayer event to mark the 49th day of the devastating earthquake on April 25 at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, June 13, 2015. During the occasion, 100,000 butter lamps were lit, followed by silent observation and spiritual prayers. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma) (zjy)
Nepalese people light butter lamps during a spiritual prayer event to mark the 49th day of the devastating earthquake on April 25 at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, June 13, 2015. During the occasion, 100,000 butter lamps were lit, followed by silent observation and spiritual prayers. (Xinhua/Sunil Sharma) (zjy)

“While the country is in a critical juncture, combating enormous challenges in the aftermath of the earthquake, we also need to make sure that we do not lose the momentum gathered by the Sanitation Social Movement that the government, UNICEF and other partners have worked on since 2008,” said Tomoo Hozumi, Representative of UNICEF Nepal in a press release on Sunday,
Through this movement, the country was closing the target of attaining universal sanitation coverage by 2017, which would have ensured a healthy future for Nepal’s children.
Before the earthquake, nearly one third of the country’s 75 districts, 1,700 Village Development Committees and 33,000 school catchment areas had been declared free of open defecation.
However, many of the toilets and water supply systems built under this movement in the villages in central and eastern regions were destroyed following the earthquakes.
A total of 1,570 water supply systems have been damaged severely and 3,663 were partially damaged in the 14 most affected districts, according to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) section of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment report. Enditem

-Xinhua

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