Britain's Prince Harry meets survivors of Nepal earthquake

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KATHMANDU, March 20 (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry, on a four-day tour of Nepal, visited centuries-old heritage sites on Sunday devastated by earthquakes last year and met some survivors, many of whom are still living in makeshift shelters.

Nearly 9,000 people were killed, 22,000 injured and close to a million homes were destroyed in the tiny Himalayan country in two earthquakes in April and May last year.

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Tens of thousands of survivors are still living in huts made from tin sheets and tarpaulin as reconstruction has been delayed by political bickering over a new constitution.

"I pay my respects to those who perished and hope to do what I can to shine a spotlight on the resolve and resilience of the Nepalese people," Harry said at a government reception celebrating 200 years of ties with Britain.

The 31-year-old prince, who is fifth in line to the British throne, visited the Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, near capital Kathmandu, to see damage to an ancient royal palace and surrounding temples due to the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 25. The second, 7.3 magnitude quake struck on May 12.

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KATHMANDU, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Prince Harry visits the Homestay, Leorani hamlet during his vistit to the Bardia National Park on March 21, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
KATHMANDU, BARDIA - MARCH 21: Prince Harry visits Homestay, Leorani hamlet duing his trip to the Bardia National Park on March 21, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
LEORANI, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Prince Harry (wearing a pheta turban after being given the honour of being 'village head man') watches dancers in the village of Leorani in the Himalayan foothills on day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bardia, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
LEORANI, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Prince Harry (wearing a pheta turban after being given the honour of being 'village head man') meets villagers during a visit to the village of Leorani in the Himalayan foothills on day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bardia, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
LEORANI, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Nepalese women wait to greet Prince Harry in the villlage of Leorani in the Himalayan foothills on day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bardia, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
LEORANI, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Prince Harry visits the village of Leorani in the Himalayan foothills on day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bardia, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)
LEORANI, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Prince Harry (wearing a pheta turban after being given the honour of being 'village head man') dances during a visit to the village of Leorani in the Himalayan foothills on day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bardia, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LEORANI, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Locals wait to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry as he visits the village of Leorani in the Himalayan foothills on day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bardia, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LEORANI, NEPAL - MARCH 21: Prince Harry (wearing a pheta turban after being given the honour of being 'village head man') dances during a visit to the village of Leorani in the Himalayan foothills on day three of his visit to Nepal on March 21, 2016 in Bardia, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
In this handout photo provided by National News Agency of Nepal, Britainâs Prince Harry, center, walks with children dressed in traditional attire upon his arrival in Lamjung, Nepal, Monday, March 21, 2016. (Pradeep Raj Onta/National News Agency of Nepal via AP)
In this photo provided by National News Agency of Nepal, Britainâs Prince Harry walks in front of a remote camera trap to photograph unsuspecting tigers during his tour to Bardia National Park in Bardia, Nepal. Harry is currently on a five-day official trip to Nepal. (Pradeep Raj Onta/National News Agency of Nepal via AP)
In this photo provided by National News Agency of Nepal, Britainâs Prince Harry, second from left, listens during his tour to Bardia National Park in Bardia, Nepal. Harry is currently on a five-day official trip to Nepal. (Pradeep Raj Onta/National News Agency of Nepal via AP)
In this photo provided by National News Agency of Nepal, Britainâs Prince Harry, second from right, tours Bardia National Park in Bardia, Nepal. Harry is currently on a five-day official trip to Nepal. (Pradeep Raj Onta/National News Agency of Nepal via AP)
Britainâs Prince Harry, second left, sits inside a temporary shelter as he visits the camp for displaced families, in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Sunday, March 20, 2016. Britain's Prince Harry on Sunday visited with families living at a camp in Nepal for people made homeless by last April's devastating earthquake as he continued a trip that many hope will draw attention to Nepal's struggle to recover from the disaster. (Navesh Chitrakar/Pool Photo via AP)
LALITPUR, NEPAL-MARCH 20: Britain's Prince Harry arrives at the Patan Darbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lalitpur, Nepal on March 20, 2016. Prince Harry is on a five-day visit to Nepal. (Photo by Sunil Pradhan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LALITPUR, NEPAL-MARCH 20: Britain's Prince Harry arrives at the Patan Darbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lalitpur, Nepal on March 20, 2016. Prince Harry is on a five-day visit to Nepal. (Photo by Sunil Pradhan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - MARCH 20: Prince Harry arrives at Katmandu's Durbar Square on day two of his visit to Nepal on March 19, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL- MARCH 20: British Prince Harry (L) meets with Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari at President's office in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 20, 2016. (Photo by Sunil C. Bajracharya/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - MARCH 20: Prince Harry talks to earhquake survivors as he visits the Red Cross preparedness Containers at Bhaktapur on day two of his visit to Nepal on March 19, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LALITPUR, NEPAL-MARCH 20: Britain's Prince Harry arrives at the Patan Darbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lalitpur, Nepal on March 20, 2016. Prince Harry is on a five-day visit to Nepal. Sunil Pradhan/Anadolu Agency (Photo by Sunil Pradhan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - MARCH 20: Locals try and catch a glimpse of Prince Harry as he visits the Red Cross preparedness Containers at Bhaktapur on day two of his visit to Nepal on March 19, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry(C)speaks with stonecarvers as he visits heritage sites in Patan Durbar Square on the outskirts of Kathmandu on March 20, 2016. Britain's Prince Harry arrived in Nepal for a five-day visit and said he hopes to 'shine a spotlight' on resilience of Nepali people recovering from last year's devastating quake. / AFP / POOL / PRAKASH MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - MARCH 20: Prince Harry is seen with tika as he visits the Red Cross preparedness Containers at Bhaktapur on day two of his visit to Nepal on March 19, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool//Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry (L) watches a woodcarver at work as he visits heritage sites in Patan Durbar Square on the outskirts of Kathmandu on March 20, 2016. Britain's Prince Harry arrived in Nepal for a five-day visit and said he hopes to 'shine a spotlight' on resilience of Nepali people recovering from last year's devastating quake. / AFP / POOL / PRAKASH MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - MARCH 20: Prince Harry is seen with tika as he visits the Red Cross preparedness Containers at Bhaktapur on day two of his visit to Nepal on March 19, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool//Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - MARCH 20: Prince Harry looks at prayer wheels inside Hiranya Varna Mahavihar, know locally as the Golden Temple, during the second day of his tour of Nepal on March 20, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Ben Birchall - Pool/Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - MARCH 20: Prince Harry visits the Community courtyard behind the Golden Temple, Kathmandu, to meet representatives of the local community linked to the temple on March 20, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - MARCH 20: Prince Harry ahead of meeting President Bidya Devi Bhandari of Nepal at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) on day two of his visit to Nepal on March 19, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. Prince Harry is on a five day visit to Nepal, his first official tour of the country. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - MARCH 19: Prince Harry listens during a welcoming reception at the Yak & Yeti Hotel on day one of his visit to Nepal on March 19, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Photo by Ben Birchall-Pool/Getty Images)
In this photograph released by the Nepalese Ministry of Information and Communication Department of Information on March 19, 2016, Nepalese Prime minister KP Oli Sharma (C-R) shakes hands with Britain's Prince Harry in Kathmandu. Britain's Prince Harry arrived in Nepal March 19 to start a five-day visit, as the country recovers from a devastating earthquake last year, to meet quake survivors and Gurkha soldiers. / AFP / DOI NEPAL (Photo credit should read DOI NEPAL/AFP/Getty Images)
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The restoration of monuments is going on with traditional craft skills like wood-carving and gilding. He also visited some artisans working at the site.

Later Harry traveled to the temple town of Bhaktapur, east of Kathmandu, and visited a pre-positioning site for quake emergency supplies - shelter kits, water and sanitation equipment - and met survivors at a camp for displaced families.

Since arriving in Nepal on Saturday, Harry has met with Nepal's first woman president, Vidhya Devi Bhandari, and Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli.

During the tour that ends on Wednesday, he will also meet families of Gurkha soldiers with whom he had served in Afghanistan at the lake city of Pokhara, 125 km (79 miles) west of Kathmandu.

(Additional reporting by Ross Adkin; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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