105-year-old rescued 8 days after Nepal quake

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : A 105-year-old man was among four people rescued alive on Sunday from under the rubble of buildings that collapsed on April 25 in the massive earthquake that rocked Nepal killing more than 7,000 people.

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Three people from a family were rescued in Sindhupalchok district, while 105-year-old Fanchu Ghale was brought out alive from beneath the rubble of his own house in Kimtang-8 in Nuwakot district.

Ghale was rescued by a joint team of Nepal Police and Japanese rescue personnel.

Apart from minor injuries in his limbs, his health was fine, rescuers said.

He was airlifted to the Trishuli district hospital for treatment in a Nepal Army helicopter.

Meanwhile, a team of the Armed Police Force on Sunday rescued the three people from a family — 25-year-old Kanchan Khatri, 36-year-old Gyan Kumari and 60-year-old Dhan Kumari — from under the debris of their house in Sindupalchok, one of the worst hit districts.

The three were rescued from under their beds.

They were taken to a hospital in Chautara, the district headquarter.

Officers of the armed police said the three were not able to speak due to the trauma they had undergone for the last eight days.

A team of army and armed police force personnel deployed at Sauli village in Surkhet district have learnt that some people were buried under the rubble and had a chance of survival.

The rescuers were working to bring out those buried alive, officials said.