Nepal quake: 4-month baby survives as death toll hits 5,057
Rescue workers pulled out a four-month old baby from rubbles of the earth quake that rocked Nepal on Saturday, about 22 hours after the incident.
Reports by a Nepalese newspaper Kathmandu say that the child had let out a faint cry which was traced to the site of the rubble, and the dust-covered baby boy was pulled to safety by members of the army assisting the ongoing search-and-rescue effort.
It was said that soldiers initially missed the child as they searched through the wreckage for survivors. He was found from beneath the ruins of the building, leading them to check the entire area again.
Nepal Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala, had on Tuesday, put the death toll from the disaster to over 4,000, but Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center said the death toll had reached 5,057 and that nearly 11,000 people were injured in the quake.
Officials have said it was impossible to tell how many bodies remained buried — meaning the death toll could continue to rise.
“The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing. It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal,” Koirala told Reuters.
Thousands of people have been internally displaced by the incident, according to the National Emergency Operation Center, while about eight million people have been affected.
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