Nepal Seeks UNESCO's Help to Assess Damage to Monuments
Apart from the colossal loss of life, over 200 historical monuments have also been badly damaged in the Nepal earthquake, including some world heritage structures in the capital, forcing the country to approach UNESCO to assess the overall destruction to the buildings.
While designs for most of these structures are available with the Department of Archaeology, its chief Bhesh Narayan Dahal has said that it will take at least 5-7 years to salvage and restore the damaged structures.
Declared as a world heritage site in 1979 by the UNESCO, the Kathmandu valley as a whole has seven such areas — the Hanuman Doka, which is known as the palace area, Patan Darbar, Bhaktapur darbar square, Swayambhoonath, Boudhanath, Changunarayan and Pashupatinath temples. Read more.