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RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Ticket sales for the Paralympic Games in Rio have hit 1.6 million as interest in the quadrennial event swells, according to organizers.

The figure has quadrupled since the Olympic Games closing ceremony on August 21, when only 300,000 tickets had been bought for the September 7-18 Games.

Demand hit a peak on August 24, with 145,000 tickets being snapped up.

Ticket prices range from around three US dollars to 40 US dollars.

The most popular sports have been swimming, athletics, basketball, football and volleyball, organizers said.

Fans in Rio de Janeiro state have bought the most tickets followed by residents of Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, the Federal District and Paraná.

The Brazilian Paralympic Committee said on Sunday that it hoped ticket sales for the Paralympics would reach 2 million out of an overall tally of 2.4 million.
This April 30 Women's Nike Air Max 95 Pure Platinum Grey UK , 2015 photo shows a view of the famous Swayambhunath stupa after it was damaged in the April 25 massive earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. [PhotoIC]
KATHMANDU - Perched on a hilltop, the blue-rimmed eyes of Kathmandu's gold-spired Swayambhunath stupa have long stared silently across this sprawling city nestled in the Himalayan foothills.

But since Nepal was shattered by a mammoth earthquake a week ago, those eyes have gazed upon a nation in mourning and on a microcosm of its despair inside the ancient temple itself.

At least 7,040 persons were confirmed dead with the number of injured exceeding 14,000 in the last Saturday's devastating quake in Nepal Men's Nike Air Max 95 OG White Green UK , according to the country's Ministry of Home Affairs Saturday.

The ministry said those among the killed included nine Nepalese Army personnel, four Nepalese Police personnel, one Armed Police Force staffer, four civil servants and 54 foreigners.

Swayambhunath, which dates back to the 5th century, is one of at least 68 cultural heritage sites in Nepal that were damaged by the tremor Men's Nike Air Max 95 Stussy Triple White UK , according to Nipuna Shrestha of the UNESCO, the UN cultural heritage organization, citing preliminary figures from the Department of Archaeology. That's nearly 80 percent of historic landmarks in seven monument zones that have been declared World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley alone.

Few would compare the loss of Nepal's historic treasures to the massive human misery wrought by the magnitude-7.8 quake, which claimed more than 7,000 lives, damaged more than a million homes and displaced nearly 3 million people.

And yet Men's Nike Air Max 95 Black White UK , "it's hard to describe how painful this is," Shrestha said. "These are not just monuments, they are part of our daily life. It feels like losing part of your family."

Shrestha said at least 18 other monuments are known to have been damaged elsewhere, but information has been incomplete because phone networks have been disrupted and roads severed by avalanches. The sites most heavily affected were made of brick and wood.
In this April 30, 2015 photo a man walks through the famous Swayambhunath stupa after it was damaged in the April 25 massive earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. [PhotoIC]
Terrifying footage posted on YouTube of the moment the quake hit one temple complex in Bhaktapur Men's Nike Air Max 95 KPU Black Gold UK , just east of the capital, shows chunks falling from the top of a crumbling temple as it is enshrouded in a cloud of brown dust. Tourists can be heard screaming as some struggle to stand and others try to run as buildings disintegrate around them.

Speaking earlier this past week, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said the government's first priority was relief and rescue for all those affected. But he also vowed to rebuild "all structures of historical, religious and archaeological significance."

In an impoverished country already struggling to help the living, though, it is unclear when that will happen Men's Nike Air Max 95 Black Red UK , or how.

Among the landmarks destroyed in the capital was the iconic, nine-story Dharahara Tower, which was topped by a statue of Shiva _ the god of destruction in Hinduism, the predominant religion among Nepal's 28 million people. The second-biggest religion is Buddhism.

Police say at least 60 bodies were recovered, most of whom were inside the tower's 213-step spiral staircase at the time. Built in 1832, Dharahara was partially destroyed during a 1934 quake Men's Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Jacquard Flyknit Grey Black UK , and like many sites that were toppled across the country, eventually rebuilt.

The tower once offered panoramic views of the city. All that remains now is its base, the rest having smashed into the ground surrounding it.

Amrit Sharma, an Indian national who grew up in Kathmandu and has spent much of his life here, said the tower was like "our Washington Monument, our Empire State building."

"The damage to these sites is not just a huge loss for Nepal Men's Nike Air Max 95 Jacquard Red UK , it's a huge loss for humanity," Sharma said. "People come from all over the world to see these. But they're not just tourist attractions to us. If we lose them, we lose a sense of our past."

Among the worst hit sites was Kathmandu's historic center, Basantapur Durbar Square. Built between the 12th and 18th centuries, it is a place where kings have been coronated and religious festivals are held. The Nepal Archaeology Department website calls it "an open museum of Nepalese culture, art and architecture."

Steps that once led to a pair of pagoda-style Hindu temples with multi-tiered roofs now lead nowhere Men's Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Essential Khaki UK , resembling giant anthills. One of them, Kasthamandap, was built five centuries ago and is believed to have been constructed from the timber of a single tree.

Elsewhere, a 17th century statue of Garuda, a bird-like deity in Hinduism ridden by the god Vishnu, lies at the bottom of a tall stone pillar it once adorned. Other temples have been leveled completely.

Although soldiers and police guard the sites Men's Nike Air Max 95 Ultra Essential Black Blue UK , hundreds of residents freely clambered over the top of some ruins, as well as piles of brick and intricately carved w.


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