KATHMANDU: Nepal has completed reconstruction of around 40 percent of cultural and archaeological monuments that were damaged by the earthquake that hit the country in 2015, the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) said.

The latest reconstruction update provided by NRA states that out of the 891 cultural heritages damaged in the disaster, reconstruction of 380 sites, including 96 within the world heritage sites and 284 within the other cultural sites, has been completed so far.

The major heritage sites being reconstructed are the Kasthamandap and nine-story tower located in Hanumandhoka Durbar Square, nine-story Dharahara Tower, Machhindranath Temple and Ranipokhari or Queen’s Pond, among others.

A total of $18.66 million has been spent on the rebuilding of these damaged monuments in the last four years.