Nepal yesterday inaugurated a replica of a historic tower that collapsed in a devastating 2015 earthquake, a day before the disaster’s sixth anniversary.
The 19th-century, nine-storey Dharahara tower, a major tourist attraction, was among buildings which crumbled in the 7.8-magnitude quake that killed nearly 9,000 people.
Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli inaugurated the new 23-storey, 84-metre (276-foot) white tower, built next to the rubble of the original, by raining flowers from the top-floor balcony.
“Dharahara is linked to our feelings, pride, past and history,” the prime minister said.
Two underground floors have also been built, to hold a museum about the quake. The tower had already been rebuilt once, after a 1934 earthquake.
More than 50 people were killed when the original 50-metre tower – known for its views across the capital – fell in 2015.
The new tower is part of a huge national reconstruction programme.
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