Man Pulled From Nepal Rubble Drank Urine to Survive

Aid finally reaching hardest-hit areas
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2015 4:08 AM CDT
Bhoj Kumar Thapa, 30, stands on his collapsed home where his wife and unborn child were killed during Saturday's massive earthquake.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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(Newser) – These are desperate times in Nepal, where officials say the death toll from Saturday's earthquake has now passed 5,000, but stories of hope are still emerging from the devastation. In Kathmandu, a French rescue team helped pull a survivor from the ruins of a building yesterday after he had spent more than 80 hours surrounded by dead bodies, Reuters reports. Rishi Khanal, 27, was on the second floor of the seven-story building when it collapsed. He "survived by sheer willpower," a doctor says. "I had some hope but by yesterday I'd given up," Khanal tells the AP. "My nails went all white and my lips cracked." Though he thought he would die, he continued to bang on rubble and drank his urine to survive.

The United Nations says international teams have pulled 14 survivors from the rubble so far, the BBC reports. But for many of the 8 million people the UN says were affected by the quake, food and water is growing scarce. In a hard-to-reach district near the epicenter of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake, aid arrived for the first time today, the AP reports. A villager in Paslang, which has been almost completely destroyed, tells the AP that his pregnant wife's final act was to push their 5-year-old daughter to safety. "When I got home, there was nothing," soldier Bhoj Kumar Thapa says. "Everything was broken. My wife—she was dead." (Experts warn that aftershocks could continue for months.)

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