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Two people pulled alive from rubble five days after Nepal earthquake

One, a 15-year-old boy, was dazed and covered in dust when he was brought out from the wreckage of a building.

Updated 11.58 pm

TWO PEOPLE HAVE been pulled out alive from under the rubble of a house in Nepal, five days after a massive earthquake hit the region.

Pemba Tamang Source: Niranjan Shrestha

Earlier today, rescuers said a 15-year-old teenager, who has been named as Pemba Tamang, was found under the remains of a guesthouse in Kathmandu.

He was dazed and covered in dust when he was carried out from the wreckage of the seven-story building on a stretcher.

The police officer who crawled into a gap in the rubble to reach Tamang said he was surprisingly response.

“He thanked me when I first approached him,” said LB Basnet. “He told me his name, his address, and I gave him some water. I assured him we were near to him”.

Nepal Earthquake Survivor Source: Niranjan Shrestha

Asked how Tamang had lasted for so many days, the police officer replied: “He survived by good faith”.

Rescuers put an IV drip into the teenager’s arm before he was brought away for medical attention.

A disaster response team had been working for several hours to free the boy who was trapped after the floors in the building collapsed.

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After night fell, police reported another dramatic rescue.

A woman in her 20s, Krishna Devi Khadka, was pulled from a building in the same neighborhood as Tamang near Kathmandu’s main bus terminal, according to an officer who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to the media.

More than 5,000 people have died in the enormous earthquake which shook Nepal on Saturday.

Originally published 8.20am

Additional reporting by AFP and AP

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