Man, 101, Found Alive After Nepal Quake

A 101-year-old man has been pulled alive from the rubble of his home more than a week after the earthquake in Nepal.

Funchu Tamang was rescued on Saturday and is now in hospital in the Nuwakot district, north-west of Kathmandu, with only minor injuries, police official Arun Kumar Singh said.

He said: “He was brought to the district hospital in a helicopter. His condition is stable.

“He has injuries on his left ankle and hand. His family is with him.”

Several others were also found alive, including three women who were rescued from rubble in Sindupalchowk – one of the districts which was hit worst by the quake.
One had been buried by a landslide, with the other two were underneath a collapsed building.

Nepal’s government had ruled out finding any more survivors in Kathmandu on Saturday.

The death toll left by last weekend’s devastating earthquake now stands at over 7,000 and is expected to rise further as rescue teams from more than 20 countries work through the rubble.

More than 100 people were also killed in India and China.

Police in Nepal say at least 109 foreigners are still missing, with a further 57, including British dual national Hemchandra Rai, confirmed dead.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the UK continued to look for any British nationals in need of assistance, saying authorities have so far helped 550 Britons and had repatriated 350.

“The problem is we don’t have a baseline of how many people were in the country at the time,” he said.

“We have been able to eliminate many hundreds of leads that were offered to us, relatives that thought that people might have been in Nepal, we’ve been able to eliminate the great majority of them from our lists.

“There are now just a very small number of people that we think were in the country that we haven’t yet been able to positively identify and the effort is focused on trying to track down whether those people were in Nepal, and if so, where they are now.”

Meanwhile recovery efforts were dealt another blow on Sunday as Nepal was forced to partially close its only international airport because the single runway has been unable to cope with aid aircraft arriving after last month’s earthquake.

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