Rescuers have pulled a 101-year-old man alive from his ruined home a week after
Funchu Tamang was rescued on Saturday from what was left of his house with only minor injuries to his ankle and hand, after the quake ripped through the impoverished country on April 25.
"He was brought to the district hospital in a helicopter. His condition is stable," police officer Arun Kumar Singh said from Nuwakot district, around 80 kilometres northwest of
Police also pulled three women from under rubble on Sunday in Sindhupalchowk, one of the worst-hit districts. They too were alive, although it was not immediately clear how long they had been trapped.
The rescues were rare good news for the devastated country after officials on Saturday ruled out finding more survivors buried in the ruins and the focus shifted to trying to deliver aid to thousands of people in remote Himalayan areas.
Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said the death toll was likely to jump once relief teams reach mountain villages flattened in the worst quake to hit the nation in more than 80 years.
"There are still villages where we know that all houses have been destroyed, but have not yet been able to reach," Mahat said.
"The aftershocks have not receded and we expect the final casualty numbers to climb much higher," the minister said, as he appealed for hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign donations to help rebuild the country.
International planes loaded with relief supplies have poured into landlocked
UN’s head of humanitarian affairs Valerie Amos said she was worried that tonnes of foreign aid was being held up by red tape.
"I was extremely concerned to hear reports that customs was taking such a long time,” Amos she said on Saturday, saying she had asked Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to speed up customs clearance for aid materials.
Kathmandu's lifeline threatened
But as one problem is solved, others crop up.
"We have issued a notice saying that aircraft with a total weight exceeding 196 tonnes will not be allowed to land at
"There are no visible cracks in the runway but there have been so many tremors recently that we have to take precautions - we don't know what's happening below the surface.
"This runway is the only lifeline for
Climbing firms Sunday called off their Everest spring expeditions, after the quake-triggered avalanche killed 18 on the world’s highest peak.
"With ongoing aftershocks and tremors we can’t continue expeditions," said two-time Everest summiteer Dawa Steven Sherpa of Kathmandu-based Asian Trekkers.