Nepal agrees to speed up aid grants to quake victims

Nepal's government has agreed to provide aid grants in two instead of three installments to people who lost their homes in last year's devastating earthquake.

Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli made the announcement after the main opposition party protested in parliament for days demanding the government speed up aid to the victims who spent a second rainy season in temporary shelters.

Under the new agreement, the government would provide 75 percent of the total 200,000 rupees ($1,850) to each individual in the first installment and the rest in the second.

The 2015 earthquake damaged nearly 1 million houses. Only a few thousand people have so far received the first of the three grant installments to reconstruct their homes.