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Nepal - Meghauli (Therai region) - An old man sits under the shade of a tree in the hottest hours of the day. Most of the workers come from the Therai region of Nepal where very few working age male are left and where women end up living alone for years having to take care of the children, the land and do all sorts of jobs they were not used to do before. According to UN figures, 7,2 million Nepalis work abroad (4 millions of them in India). Half of them are undocumented, 1700 migrant workers leave Nepal every day, 2/3 dead bodies arrive at Kathmandu airport every day. According to the World Bank, in 2013 Nepal received more than 5 billion USD in remittances from abroad. This constitutes 24.7 percent of the GDP, the third highest percentage in the world after Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. A third of all Nepali households, and 35% of rural households, have at least one member working and living abroad. 24.8 percent of Nepalis still live under the poverty line. Nepali GDP per capita (PPP) stands at 1,102 USD, the twentieth lowest in the world. Since 1971, Nepal has been classified as one of the 48 least developed countries by the UN.