The announcement was made by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during an international donors' conference here. Swaraj hoped that a 'stronger, united and more confident Nepal will rise' from the debris of destruction.

She said one fourth of the USD one billion assistance will be grant and it will be over and above India's existing bilateral developmental assistance of another USD one billion over the next five years which takes the total assistance to USD 2 billion.

Swaraj conveyed India's 'deep and abiding commitment' to rebuilding of Nepal and highlighted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ensured a prompt rescue and relief operation within six hours of the 7.9-magnitude April 25 quake.

"Today I convey to you the deep and abiding commitment of the Government and 1.25 billion people of India and the personal commitment of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to stand shoulder to shoulder with you as you seek to wipe the tears of every Nepali," Swaraj said.

"We reacted as if a disaster had struck India. There has been an overwhelming outpouring of sympathy, support and solidarity with Nepal and people in India 'opened their hearts' to come to the country's assistance,” she said.

The International Conference on Nepal's Reconstruction has been organised by the Nepalese government to raise funds for rebuilding the country devastated by a powerful earthquake that struck exactly two months back on April 25, killing about 9,000 people and injuring around 23,000 others besides flattening over five lakh houses.

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