4-month-old baby rescued after 22 hours in earthquake rubble

Its a miracle.

WTVR.com

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Rescuers in Nepal have pulled a man from the wreckage of a building where he was stuck for a staggering 80 hours after the devastating earthquake that hit the country Saturday. His survival is unusual, as experts say it’s rare for injured people who are trapped to hold out for longer than 72 hours after a disaster.

The man, Rishi Khanal, was saved after a French search and rescue team found him under the rubble on the outskirts of Kathmandu, the capital, around noon Tuesday, said Pushparam K.C., a spokesman for the Armed Police Force of Nepal. The team used specialized gear that detects signs of life, he said.

But it took about 10 more hours for the French team and police officers to dig him out, the spokesman said.

A police video of the rescue showed the teams drilling through concrete to reach Khanal’s location and…

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Relief material to nepal by Mega power star

At least one name has come to the fore of quake relief so far Film Industry is concerned.

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We are all aware of the recent natural disaster that hit Khatmandu. Our prayers to those families, who got effected due to this calamity. Telugu actor Ram Charan has extended a helping hand to the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, offering relief material with the help of Apollo Hospital. The corporate hospital will be shipping large quantity of ORS sachets,glucose bags and cough syrup to the quake-hit people in Nepal,” revealed a Press note from the actor.

Members of Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust and the huge fan base he commands are expected to join hands with the actor in this endeavor to help people of the catastrophic calamity. The actor is currently busy getting ready for the shoot of his yet-untitled Telugu film with Srinu Vaitla.

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Death Toll From Nepal Earthquake Crosses 5,000 as Rescue Teams Begin to Arrive at Remote Villages

TIME

Rishi Khanal spent about 80 hours in a rubble-filled room with three dead bodies after the seven-story building he was in collapsed around him during Saturday’s massive earthquake in downtown Kathmandu. The 28-year-old was finally pulled out of the rubble on Tuesday, Reuters reports, by a Nepali-French rescue team combing the capital city for survivors.

“It seems he survived by sheer willpower,” said Akhilesh Shreshtha, a doctor who treated him, after it appeared that Khanal had no access to food or water for three days and escaped with nothing but a possible broken leg.

Khanal’s rescue was a heartening but rare story from the devastation in Nepal, where a 7.8-magnitude earthquake over the weekend killed more than 5,000 people. That toll is sure to rise significantly as rescue teams move away from Kathmandu, which they began to do early Wednesday, and reach devastated villages near the quake’s epicenter.

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Few words of caution : NEPAL EARTHQUAKE and aftermath

Its an assurance so far that relief works are going very promptly in Nepal………………although affected rural areas are still remained untouched due to poor communication……………I believe the situation is worse there. Since people are staying mostly outside and denied  to take shelters inside house apprehending further casualties some words[read practice] of cautions should be maintained in a proper way. First is personal hygiene and proper disposal of human waste………….. next is care should be taken about drinking water third is proper medication and following the medical instruction…………..instead of getting panicky people over there should believe the entire World is standing by their side so better take  good care of themselves and their health because there are high chances of breaking out epidemic [either water borne or human waste borne] if care is not taken. So be careful and stay safe.

Nepal: The Wake of the Quake – Nepal’s Rural Ruins

Here are the pictures of the rural ruins of Nepal

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I was contacted this morning by 30-year-old Rich Birkett, a British tourist who had been trekking in the Himalayas with friends when the monstrous 7.8 magnitude earthquake tore through Nepal on Saturday.

After an exhausting four day, 45 kilometre cross country hike through Nepal’s devastated villages, Rich and his friends have finally arrived safely back to Kathmandu and are currently planning their exit out of Nepal.

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“We were on a bus on the way to Langtang National Park when the earthquake hit, we weren’t sure what was happening but as the quake got worse it became clear as the people in the small village we were in started running out of their houses.

We waited in the village for a few hours then made our way on foot down a mountain and along a valley to a town called Trisuli, this part of the trek was not hard but what we had to witness was, it…

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Thousands Died Needlessly in the Nepal Earthquake Due to Poverty and Political Turmoil

TIME

The shock of the past few days in Nepal gave way to despair, frustration and a few larger questions on Tuesday, as the death toll from the devastating earthquake that wracked the small Himalayan nation over the weekend rose above 4,000 — a number that will almost certainly rise once international rescue teams reach rubble-filled outlying areas surrounding the capital, Kathmandu.

The massive quake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale and followed by three days of panic-inducing aftershocks, has left the country — already one of the world’s poorest and least developed — reeling and utterly helpless.

But while the earthquake is tragic, seismologists said it didn’t come as a surprise. Nepal’s location on a fault line and a lack of emergency resources made a devastating earthquake inevitable, heightening a sense that more should have been done to make typically ramshackle local buildings more resilient, and so saving countless lives.

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5 things you need to know about Nepal’s economy

Fortune

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal on Saturday claimed the lives of at least 3,000 people and injured thousands. The destruction, centered around Kathmandu, will no doubt will have far-ranging implications for the country’s fragile economy. Here’s a look at five different facts about the Nepalese economy.

1. Nepal centers around an agrarian economy

Agriculture is the lynchpin of the country’s economy and employs approximately 75% of its population of 27 million. Meanwhile, the country’s Gross Domestic Product is $66 billion, according to a 2014 estimate by the CIA. That’s up from $63 billion in 2013 and $61 billion in 2012.

“Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, providing a livelihood for more than 70% of the population and accounting for a little over one-third of GDP,” according to the CIA. “Industrial activity mainly involves the processing of agricultural products, including pulses, jute, sugarcane, tobacco, and grain.”

2. One-quarter of…

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Nepal’s next big challenge: First comes a disaster, then the aid chaos

National Post

Two years ago — knowing that the ancient city of Kathmandu sat on a fault line teetering on a catastrophic slip — Nepalese and international disaster officials gathered to plan how they would respond to a massive earthquake.

Among other provisions, they mapped out all the open spaces where shelters could be set up and how basic services, such as food and medical aid, would be provided.

But even with the best-laid plans, disaster management experts say crises like Saturday’s earthquake tend to be followed by organizational chaos, including a lack of co-ordination and even clashes between local authorities and international agencies, as well as the arrival of some NGOs that, while well-intentioned, really have no business being there.

Take the example of Haiti, the Caribbean nation ravaged in 2010 by an earthquake that claimed more than 220,000 lives. A blistering report found that the international response “followed the same…

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Nepal: India ramps up ‘Operation Maitri’, airlifts more than 2,200[courtesy Hindustan Times

India has ramped up its relief operations in quake-ravaged Nepal, with the focus on deploying medical and engineering teams and restoring road links to speed up the evacuation of hundreds of stranded Indian nationals.

More than two dozen aircraft, including heavy lift planes such as the C130J Hercules and C-17 Globemaster, and hundreds of personnel from the military and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are engaged in Operation Maitri, making it one of the largest relief efforts mounted by India on foreign soil.

With hundreds of Indians stranded in Nepal in the wake of Saturday’s 7.9-magnitude quake that killed more than 3,700 people in the Himalayan nation, officials are focusing on opening up damaged roads so that people can be evacuated in buses because the number of flights from Kathmandu airport is limited.

Till Monday evening, the Indian Air Force had airlifted 2,246 people in more than a dozen sorties despite bad weather and an aftershock that briefly shut the Kathmandu airport on Sunday. However, many more Indian tourists and pilgrims were stranded in the Nepalese capital and other places.
Plans have been drawn up to evacuate people in a fleet of buses once roads linking Nepal to the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are repaired and opened. The relief teams will have their work cut out for them as several roads and highways were blocked by landslides triggered by the massive quake and dozens of aftershocks, officials said.

A total of 150 Indians who reached the border at Raxaul in Bihar on Monday morning were sent to their homes by train by the state government. Ten buses were sent to Pokhara in Nepal to bring back stranded citizens, said Vyas Jee, principal secretary of the disaster management department.

In view of the massive scale of relief operations, India sent three top military commanders, led by Major General J S Sandhu, to Nepal on Sunday to coordinate and fast-track rescue and evacuation efforts. The senior officers from the army and air force will work with NDRF chief O P Singh, who is camping in Kathmandu, and Nepalese authorities.

The Indian Army has already sent 10 Inmarsat systems for satellite communications to Nepal. The quake caused widespread damage to communications infrastructure and phone links were disrupted at many places.

Defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said six medical teams, engineering task force components, blankets, tents and other relief materials will be flown to Nepal by the air force on Monday.

The air force will also complete several sorties that were aborted on Sunday because of aftershocks. Kar said four light helicopters would be stationed at Pokhara to enhance relief operations.

A Rapid Action Medical Team of the IAF began functioning at a first aid centre in Lagankhel, eight kilometres from the Kathmandu airport. Army teams will bring the injured to the centre manned by three doctors and 25 paramedics.

The Indian personnel are working closely with hundreds of retired Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army.

India has already provided 10 tonnes of blankets, 50 tonnes of water and 22 tonnes of food donated by states and voluntary agencies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who chaired a meeting on Sunday, is personally overseeing the planning and execution of the relief operations and evacuation of stranded Indians.

Home minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday that India will do everything possible to help Nepal. “We had held a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister and many decisions have been taken so that we can provide the maximum help to Nepal,” he told reporters.