Remarkable Stories of Survival Emerge from Nepal

posted: 05/01/15
by: Discovery.com Staff

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Prayer flags over Kathmandu

Exceptional stories of resilience and survival are emerging from Nepal, where residents are beginning to rebuild after the strongest earthquake to hit the country in 80 years rattled the small nation:

Rescue crews were initially unable to extract an infant from the wreckage of his home; the baby survived in the rubble overnight and was miraculously rescued the next morning with no injuries, according to Kathmandu Today.

Rishi Khanal was eating lunch in Kathmandu when the earthquake struck; his foot quickly became trapped in the rubble, and he was unable to escape from the crumbling building. He was trapped for 82 hours before rescuers heard him calling for help. After a 6-hour extraction, Khanal was freed from the rubble of his hotel and his currently receiving medical attention for his injuries, ABC News reports.

A 15-year-old boy was finally rescued after five long days of entrapment beneath the rubble of his hotel. Sky News reports that a group of onlookers cheered as the boy was carried away from the scene in a neck brace.


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