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Nepal begins reconstruction of quake-damaged heritage sites

  • Nepalese people prepare to light candles in memory of those who died in last year's devastating earthquake in Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Nepalese held memorial services to mark the anniversary of the disaster that killed nearly 9,000 people and left millions homeless. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepalese people prepare to light candles in memory of those who died in last year's devastating earthquake in Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Nepalese held memorial services to mark the anniversary of the disaster that killed nearly 9,000 people and left millions homeless. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nepalese people light candles in memory of those who died in last year's devastating earthquake in Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Nepalese held memorial services to mark the anniversary of the disaster that killed nearly 9,000 people and left millions homeless. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepalese people light candles in memory of those who died in last year's devastating earthquake in Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Nepalese held memorial services to mark the anniversary of the disaster that killed nearly 9,000 people and left millions homeless. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prassad Oli, center, lights a butter lamp to initiate reconstruction work in Swayambhunath stupa that was destroyed in last years's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 25, 2016. Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli  has announced the start of reconstruction of heritage sites in the capital that were damaged by an earthquake that devastated the country one year ago. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prassad Oli, center, lights a butter lamp to initiate reconstruction work in Swayambhunath stupa that was destroyed in last years's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 25, 2016. Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli has announced the start of reconstruction of heritage sites in the capital that were damaged by an earthquake that devastated the country one year ago. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)  (The Associated Press)

Nepal's prime minister has announced the start of reconstruction of heritage sites in the capital that were damaged by an earthquake that devastated the country one year ago.

Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli offered prayers Monday at the 17th century Anantapur temple, which was damaged in the April 25, 2015, earthquake along with more than 600 other historic structures in Nepal.

Oli said work would begin on rebuilding the temple and three other heritage sites in Kathmandu.

Nepal has been criticized for a delay in reconstruction of the hundreds of thousands of homes damaged in the earthquake despite foreign donors pledging $4.1 billion in aid.

The magnitude-7.8 quake left nearly 9,000 people dead and millions homeless.