Every natural disaster comes with its devastating moments and its amazing ones, and in Nepal, there has been miracle after miracle amid the rubble. As rescuers have worked tirelessly to free the victims, they have seen no shortage of incredible things.
Perhaps one of the most miraculous events was when a baby was pulled from the dust to be reunited with his mother. As reported previously on Inquistr, a 5-month-old boy named Sonit Awal was found in the debris of a collapsed apartment complex following the earthquake on April 25. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he is reported to be in stable condition. He did not seem to have sustained any serious injuries.
Rescuers found him when they returned to the building and heard the baby crying. Finally, after 22 hours, he was safely pulled from the rubble and returned to his mother’s arms, where he greeted her with a smile.
Forty-year-old Tanka Maya Sitoula, a mother of four, was also rescued after being trapped for 36 hours before Indian rescuers were able to free her. Miraculously, she emerged a little shaken, but not injured. She reported to Fox 8 News that a large beam protected her as she lay still in the wreckage, waiting for someone to find her.
Another miracle amidst the rubble occurred when a 28-year-old man, Rishi Khanal, was discovered by a group of French searchers just outside Kathmandu. He was trapped for 80 hours before the rescuers found him, and it took them another 10 hours to clear the rubble enough to retrieve him.
One of the most incredible events occurred Thursday morning when, after 120 hours, a Nepali teen was found trapped between two concrete slabs. For five days, he called for help before Nepali police heard his cries and began efforts to extricate him from his crumbling surroundings.
The teen had been working in the building when the quake hit. He lay there for five days, eating a little clarified butter he had on him. It was perhaps the thing that kept him alive, according to the Associated Press.
Each of these miracles is incredible to hear, but the last two defy the odds, according to Fox 8 News. Survival experts estimate that in a disaster like this, most people will not be able to survive after being trapped in crumbling remains longer than 72 hours.
Despite these rescue efforts, there are still thousands unaccounted for. Rescue efforts are continuing as dedicated searchers work to rebuild the lives of those devastated by the quake. To learn more about how you can help contribute to making more “miracles amid the rubble,” read this article.
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