Nepal fires chief of earthquake reconstruction agency

Nepal's government has fired the chief of the agency assigned to rebuild the nearly 1 million homes and other structures damaged in a devastating 2015 earthquake.

Information Minister Surendra Karki said Wednesday that the government removed Sushil Gyewali from his post because of delays in the reconstruction work. He said Gyewali was given two chances to explain the delays but his response was not satisfactory.

Many people who lost their homes in the quake have been forced to spend two winters in temporary shelters. Both the government and Gyewali have been criticized for the delays.

The April 25, 2015, earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people.

The reconstruction is expected to cost $7.86 billion. Foreign governments and aid agencies have pledged $4.1 billion for reconstruction.