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Earthquake rebuilding cost will exceed US$10b: Nepal minister

Death toll has exceeded 5,200 and could go beyond 6,000, he adds; heavy rains in Kathmandu hit rescue efforts

About a third of Nepal's 28 million people have been affected by the quake, with about 1.4 million in need of food assistance in Asia's second-poorest country.


THE cost to rebuild Nepal after its most devastating earthquake in eight decades will exceed US$10 billion and take years, Finance Minister Ram Mahat said.

Right now, the government is struggling to save those who may still be trapped more than 72 hours after the 7.8