Candle lit memorial held on the first anniversary of the Nepal earthquake which killed almost 9,000 people

The earthquake left hundreds of thousands people homeless

Candle lit memorial held on the first anniversary of the Nepal earthquake which killed almost 9,000 people

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A candle-lit service has been held in Nepal to remember the people who were killed in an earthquake last year.

In addition to the fatalities, the 7.8 magnitude quake left hundreds of thousands of people homeless and little construction work has been carried out to rebuild the city since then, despite foreign donors pledging more than four billion dollars in aid.

It is estimated that over 8,500 people died in the disaster and more than 600,000 homes were left destroyed.

To commemorate the memories of the victims, people gathered at the remains of a historic tower in Kathmandu which collapsed during the tragic event. Among those who attended the service were the family members of those who died in the quake.

Minor protests were held, led by demonstrators who are angry at the slow rate of reconstruction. Prime minister Khadga Prasad Oli laid a wreath at the ruins of the Dharahara tower in the heart of Kathmandu - an iconic structure which collapsed in the April 25 2015 quake, killing 132 people.