Dust blows as women sweep the premises of Hanumandhoka Durbar Square, a UNESCO world heritage site, as the debris from the collapsed temples are cleared after the April 25 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal June 8, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Nepal on Monday reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of devastating earthquakes, hoping to lure back foreign tourists.Six of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites closed after the quakes were reopened Monday, Tourism Minister Kripasur Sherpa said.Tourists fled Nepal after the first quake, but it also is currently rainy season, a time when relatively few foreign visitors are usually around.Some 741 heritage structures were damaged in the quakes, and it will take at least $18 million to rebuild and restore them, Dahal said.
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