KATHMANDU: In yet another miraculous story of survival, an Indian search team rescued a 37-year-old man alive, 98 hours after he was buried in a landslide triggered by the devastating earthquake that has struck Nepal.
The man identified as Shiva Shrestha, a resident of of Bidur of Nepal's Nuwakot District, was buried in the landslide triggered by the deadly quake on Saturday.
He was on his way to a picnic on the weekend along with his friends.
Eleven people were buried when a massive landslide swept them as the group of 14 people were heading to the Mailung confluence for picnic, Ekantipur online reported.
The Indian search and rescue team reached the site based on information provided to it by a man. The 10 others are still missing.
Shrestha, who was pulled out 98 hours after the tragedy, has sustained several injuries on the head and body. Shrestha said he survived by drinking the muddy water.
"I got a new life," said Shrestha.
Miraculous stories of survival have poured in with rescue teams relentlessly working to look for survivors under tonnes of debris.
A man named Rishi Khanal, 27, was pulled out from the rubble of a collapsed hotel by a French rescue team more than three days after the earthquake. He said was forced to drink his own urine to survive.
A 15-year-old boy named Pemba Lama was brought out of the rubble of a seven-storey building, rekindling hopes of finding more survivors.
Rescuers are still struggling to reach remote mountainous areas in the Himalayan nation, where relief efforts ha ve been hampered by heavy rain and landslide even as the death toll has climbed to nearly 6,000 people with at least 11,000 others injured.