Over the past weekend, the Asian country of Nepal suffered from a devastating earthquake that rocked the country. Buildings collapsed, historical monuments were destroyed, and many people lost their lives. As rescuers work through the debris and rubble, the death toll is rising.
It is estimated that those trapped will not survive past 72 hours, however, one man defied those odds. According to the story on CNN.com, rescuers found a man, alive, who had been trapped for an estimated 80 hours. A French rescue team found Rishi Khanal trapped in some rubble just outside of the capital city of Kathmandu. The French team worked diligently to pull the man to safety, which took them a staggering 10 hours. According to Boraie Development LLC, teams had to drill a hole through the concrete in order to pull him out. It is reported that the 28-year-old survivor was suffering from a broken leg.
Rishi Khanal’s story is not the only one of a miraculous rescue. A 4-month-old baby boy named Sonit Awal was found alive and uninjured among the rubble of a building in downtown Kathmandu. A 40-year-old mother of four, Tanka Maya Sitoula, survived being trapped for 36 hours after her five-story apartment building collapsed around her. Luckily a beam that fell protected her from other debris and she was uninjured. Another man, Jon Keisi, managed to survive 60 hours under the rubble of a seven-story building that fell around him.