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Incredible moment earthquake rescue team pull woman from the rubble after spending 50 hours buried alive in Nepal

  • Nepalese woman pulled from the debris and taken to a Kathmandu hospital
  • Conscious and appeared to be talking despite being buried for two days
  • Nepalese Prime Minister warned death toll could rise from 4,400 to 10,000
  • UN estimates that eight million people have been affected by the quake 

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Jenny Stanton For Mailonline


Published:
13:06 EST, 28 April 2015

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13:07 EST, 28 April 2015

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This is the incredible moment a woman was pulled alive from the rubble 50 hours after she was buried alive by the earthquake in Nepal.

Video footage shows a rescue team from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) dragging the Nepalese woman, who is conscious and appears to be talking, from the debris.

Kulish Anand, NDRF assistant commandant, said: ‘We got the information that a lady is stuck between two slabs. There is some cavity and she is alive.’ 

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Rescued: The Nepalese woman was pulled from the rubble for 50 hours after being buried alive when the quake struck

Rescued: The Nepalese woman was pulled from the rubble for 50 hours after being buried alive when the quake struck

Video footage shows a rescue team from India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) dragging the Nepalese woman, who is conscious and appears to be talking, from the debris 

Video footage shows a rescue team from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) dragging the Nepalese woman, who is conscious and appears to be talking, from the debris 

The woman was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital in the Kathmandu, the country’s capital.

She is just one of the millions of Nepalis caught up in the 7.8-magnitude quake which rocked the country at midday on Saturday.

The Nepalese Prime Minister has said the country was on a ‘war footing’ today and warned the death toll could rise from 4,400 to 10,000 in the coming days. 

The United Nations is estimating that eight million people have been affected by the earthquake and said it was releasing $15million (£10m) from its central emergency response fund to help victims.  

The funds will allow international humanitarian groups to scale up operations and provide shelter, water, medical supplies and logistical services, UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.

Citing government figures, Haq said a quarter of the country’s population have been hit by the quake in 39 of Nepal’s districts, with more than 1.4 million needing food assistance including 750,000 who live near the epicenter in poor quality housing.

The UN humanitarian country team for Nepal is coordinating international relief efforts with the government and a clearer picture of needs should emerge within the next 48 hours, he said.

The immediate priority is search and rescue, and removing debris to find survivors still trapped, he said. 

Saved: The woman was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital in the Kathmandu, the country's capital 

Saved: The woman was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital in the Kathmandu, the country’s capital 

Despite being trapped under the rubble for more than two days, the woman was alive and appeared to be talking

Despite being trapped under the rubble for more than two days, the woman was alive and appeared to be talking

Trucks carrying food were on their way to affected districts outside the hard-hit and densely-populated Kathmandu valley and distribution was expected to start today.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala ordered intensified rescue efforts and appealed for foreign supplies of tents and medicines.

‘The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing,’ Koirala said in an interview. ‘It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal.’  

Britain has sent a team of Gurkha engineers to Nepal to help the relief effort.

The Gurkhas will join humanitarian volunteers and emergency service crews from the UK who have already begun search-and-rescue operations in the stricken Himalayan state. 

A dozen troops are flying out in an RAF C-17 transport aircraft packed with vital emergency supplies, including more than 1,100 shelter kits and 1,700 solar lanterns. 

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said the Government would also match the first £5 million made in public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Earthquake Appeal. 

Scarred: An injured girl is carried by a Nepal Army personnel to a helicopter following Saturday's earthquake in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal

Scarred: An injured girl is carried by a Nepal Army personnel to a helicopter following Saturday’s earthquake in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal

Sita Karka, who suffered two broken legs, arrives by helicopter from the heavily-damaged Ranachour village at a landing zone in the town of Gorkha, Nepal today

Sita Karka, who suffered two broken legs, arrives by helicopter from the heavily-damaged Ranachour village at a landing zone in the town of Gorkha, Nepal today

Members of security forces and rescuers work among the rubble of the destroyed buildings in Bhaktapur, Nepal

Members of security forces and rescuers work among the rubble of the destroyed buildings in Bhaktapur, Nepal

Across central Nepal, hundreds of thousands of people are still living in the open without clean water or sanitation.

In the capital Kathmandu, youths and relatives of victims were digging into the ruins of destroyed buildings and landmarks.

‘Waiting for help is more torturous than doing this ourselves,’ said Pradip Subba, searching for the bodies of his brother and sister-in-law in the debris of Kathmandu’s historic Dharahara tower. 

The 19th century minaret collapsed on Saturday as weekend sightseers clambered up its spiral stairs. 

‘Our hands are the only machine right now,’ said the 27-year-old, part of a group of locals pulling out bricks and blocks of concrete with cloth masks over their faces to ward off the stench of rotting bodies. ‘There is just no one from the government or the army to help us.’

Scores of people were killed in the collapse of the tower. 

Elsewhere in the capital’s ancient Durbar Square, groups of young men cleared rubble from around an ancient temple, using pickaxes, shovels and their bare hands.

Grieving: Relatives mourn during the funeral of earthquake victims in Bhaktapur, Nepal on April 28

Grieving: Relatives mourn during the funeral of earthquake victims in Bhaktapur, Nepal on April 28

Heavy rain later on Tuesday slowed down the rescue work.  

Buildings in parts of Kathmandu were reduced to rubble, and there were shortages of food, fuel, electricity and shelter.

As bodies were recovered, relatives cremated the dead along the Bagmati River, and at least a dozen pyres burned late into the night.  .

The country’s death toll has risen to 4,352, said Deputy Inspector General of Police Komal Singh Bam. 

Another 61 were killed in neighboring India, and China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported 25 dead in Tibet. 

At least 18 of the dead were killed at Mount Everest as the quake unleashed an avalanche that buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers preparing for summit attempts. 

Some 8,063 people have been injured, Bam said. Tens of thousands are believed to be homeless.

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