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Donor nations, agencies pledge billions of dollars for recovery of earthquake-hit Nepal

  • A foreign delegate photographs damaged buildings at the Basantapur Durbar Square heritage site in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Delegates representing some 53 nations, donor agencies and development partners will attend the International Donors’ Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction on Thursday, June 25, to help Nepal rebuild after powerful earthquakes shook the Himalayan nation in April and May and took more than 8,700 lives. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    A foreign delegate photographs damaged buildings at the Basantapur Durbar Square heritage site in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Delegates representing some 53 nations, donor agencies and development partners will attend the International Donors’ Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction on Thursday, June 25, to help Nepal rebuild after powerful earthquakes shook the Himalayan nation in April and May and took more than 8,700 lives. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • A foreign delegate walks at the Basantapur Durbar Square heritage site in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Delegates representing some 53 nations, donor agencies and development partners will attend the International Donors’ Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction on Thursday, June 25, to help Nepal rebuild after powerful earthquakes shook the Himalayan nation in April and May and took more than 8,700 lives. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    A foreign delegate walks at the Basantapur Durbar Square heritage site in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Delegates representing some 53 nations, donor agencies and development partners will attend the International Donors’ Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction on Thursday, June 25, to help Nepal rebuild after powerful earthquakes shook the Himalayan nation in April and May and took more than 8,700 lives. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

Foreign donors and agencies announced billions of dollars in aid for Nepal to help the Himalayan nation rebuild from the devastating earthquake that killed more than 8,800 people and made millions homeless.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced assistance of $1 billion during a one-day donors' conference in Kathmandu while Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Li said the northern neighbor would provide $483 million.

Asian Development Bank pledged $600 million and Japan said it would give $260 million. The United States said it would provide $200 million.

Nepal has said it requires some $6.7 billion for reconstruction in the wake of the April 15 earthquake.