By Euro Weekly News Media • 30 April 2015 • 16:44
AFTER five days under the ruins of devastated Kathmandu, rescue workers have pulled a teenage boy to safety.With the death toll now believed to be nearing 5,500, and rising daily, it was a rare moment to celebrate for the teams scouring the wreckage of the city for survivors, and onlookers cheered as the rescuers carefully lifted the boy from the debris.Reports on his identity are unclear at the moment, naming him as Pemba Tamang and Pemba Lama, and putting his age at either 15 or 18.The police officer who was first able to reach him confirmed to Associated Press that Pemba was conscious and responsive, saying “He thanked me when I first approached him. He told me his name, his address, and I gave him some water. I assured him we were near to him.”The young man survived in a pocket of space behind a bike, under two metres of rubble.Libby Weiss, from a medical centre run by the Israeli military, said Pemba was recovering well, and had seemed to be relatively uninjured. She told AFP:“I don’t have any logical explanation. It is miraculous. It is a wonderful thing to see in all this destruction.“He was under the rubble for 120 hours and it is certainly the longest we have heard anybody of being under the rubble and surviving.”She added that he had no food, just two jars of ghee.
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