Survival stories from the Nepal earthquake

In the hours after the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, thousands of rescue teams from around the world were deployed to assist the Nepalese military in sorting through the rubble to search for survivors.

This can be a difficult task, since it can take many hours to safely dig survivors, often in need of immediate medical attention, out of the ruins. Although the death toll has surpassed 5,000, amid the devastation and tragedy are indications of how resilient life can be.

After spending 80 hours in the wreckage of a building on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Rishi Khanal was pulled out alive by a French search and rescue team. The team found him on Tuesday using specialized gear that detects signs of life – including listening devices and carbon dioxide detectors – where the rubble may be blocking victims from view. Khanal had been trying to get the attention of rescue workers for days. READ MORE.

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