1-7 May 2015 #756

Rising from the dust

Text and pics by Amul Thapa in www.kathmandutoday.com

Shyam Awal rushed outside his house near Bhaktapur Darbar Square when the earthquake struck on Saturday. Within a few minutes the house collapsed, burying his four-month-old baby Sonit under the rubble. A Nepal Army team worked until late that night to rescue the baby, but gave up and left. Shyam didn’t give up hope and stayed put. A few hours later, he heard cries from underneath the rubble and he called the Army back. After digging for several hours, the team finally pulled the baby out.

Soldiers dig under the rubble to rescue Sonit.

Sonit’s mother looks on, distraught.

Sonit is found alive after 22 hours under the rubble.

Sonit is unhurt.

Sonit’s mother is in tears.

For more photos of the rescue, see Kathmandu Today


Read also:

Giving to the living

Shaking things up, Editorial

Langtang is gone, Sahina Shrestha

Monumental loss, Stéphane Huët

Mapping the aftermath, Ayesha Shakya

Microcosm of a calamity, Cynthia Choo and Sonia Awale

Teacher's tragedy, Cynthia Choo

Coming out stronger from crisis, Anjana Rajbhandary

Believe it, or not, Tsering Dolker Gurung

A slow start, David Seddon

The earthquake from above, Kunda Dixit

Surviving trauma, Anjana Rajbhandary

In photos: Nepal Earthquake, Bikram Rai

Thanking the Living Goddess for life, Min Ratna Bajracharya

Preparing to be prepared, Kunda Dixit

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