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A Week Later, Nepal Rescues 101-Year-Old

Funchu Tamang pulled from rubble of his home, has only minor injuries
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2015 11:19 AM CDT
A Week Later, Nepal Rescues 101-Year-Old
Nepalese women remove debris searching their belongings from their house that was destroyed a week ago during the earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Sunday, May 3, 2015.   (AP Photo/Bernat Amangue)

(Newser) – Living to age 101 is a miracle most people don't see, but living to 101 and then surviving a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that has now claimed the lives of more than 7,000 people is the miracle that is Funchu Tamang, who Sky News reports was plucked from the rubble of his Kathmandu home yesterday—more than a week after the quake hit. "He has injuries on his left ankle and hand," says a police spokesman. "His family is with him." Only yesterday, the government was warning that the chance of survivors was slim, notes CNN. "It will be a miracle if anyone is found alive," a Home Ministry spokesman said. "But we have not completely given up yet and are continuing to look." Meanwhile, aid is trickling in, and Nepal today closed its airport due to runway damage, notes the AP. (Read more Nepal stories.)

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