Nepal Quake: 101-year-old Man Pulled Alive From Rubble
Funchu Tamang, aged 101, was pulled alive from the rubble a day after the Nepal government ruled out finding more survivors.
Meanwhile Nepal’s Finance Minister, Ram Sharan Mahat, appealed for more international humanitarian aid during the Partnership Forum hosted by the Asian Development Bank or ADB.
The World Health Organization, on the other hand, established a new field office in the Gorkha district of Nepal.
101-year-old man pulled alive
Tamang was rescued from underneath the rubble of his own home on Sunday, May 3. He had been trapped under the debris since the Nepal quake that took place on April 25. Tamang’s rescue happened a day after the Nepal government ruled out finding more survivors in Kathmandu, Sky News reported.
“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,” Nepalese police official Arun Kumar Singh told Sky News.
The Nepal quake has claimed the lives of more than 7,000 people. The death toll is expected to rise as rescue operations continue.
Nepal’s finance minister appeals for more humanitarian aid
Nepal’s finance minister told an international congregation that his country needs search and rescue aid, tents and surgical equipment for the displaced and injured. After rescue and relief are rescued, Nepal will need international aid for rehabilitation and reconstruction.
Mahat made the appeal for more humanitarian aid at the Partnership Forum hosted by ADB and attended by representatives from 25 countries, the United Nations, the World bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Investment Bank.
“The earthquake has set us back on the development front. After decades of policy and political uncertainty, Nepal had just begun gearing up for a higher trajectory of economic growth. We had been boosting infrastructure while working on the next generation of economic reforms. But this momentum has now been disrupted by this disaster, the scale of which we have not faced for over 80 years,” Mahat said.
WHO establishes new field office in the Gorkha district of Nepal
WHO has set up a new field office in the Gorkha district of Nepal. The district is a 3-4 hour drive northwest of the capital. The new establishment has been selected as the first major health center outside Kathmandu.
“Health care services are being delivered in built-up areas in Gorkha and those that still can be reached by road. But we have also identified seven communities beyond the Himalayas in an area not easily accessible, and where there are about 6000 people who have not been reached with services since the earthquake struck. Below those villages, there are about 7000 additional people who have not been reached,” said Hyo-Jeong Kim, WHO Emergency Operations.
“It is essential that people are treated for injuries or infections that they may have, and then protected against diarrhoeal diseases, respiratory infections and other infections to name a few. Pregnant women must also be given rapid access to care for safe deliveries and to ensure that any complication of pregnancy or birth is rapidly addressed,” Kim explained.
Nischal Kattel, an earthquake survivor in Katteldanda, said his community is worried about sanitation and hygiene, specifically toilets and safe drinking water.
“We worry about the toilets. Along with the houses, most of the toilets were destroyed by the earthquake. We want to build some toilets in this area so we do not become sick. We have our own water source, but there is no safe drinking water,” Kattel said.
Dr Sudha Devkota, the community’s hospital director, said more hospital space is needed.
“The greatest need right now is the space for our outpatient department and pharmacy, because they have been damaged and we cannot work there. The patients need somewhere safe to be,” Devkota said.
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