Nepal earthquake: Teen alive after five days

Nepal earthquake: Teen alive after five days

Pemba Tamang 15-year-old boy had been buried alive for five days, listening to bulldozers clearing mountains of debris, fearful the incessant aftershocks might collapse the darkened crevice he was trapped in.

And then, "all of the sudden I saw light," Pemba said, recounting the moment on Thursday he was pulled from a hole at the bottom of what was once a seven-story building in Kathmandu.

Pemba did not know whether he was alive or dead. "I thought I was hallucinating," he said.

The improbable rescue was an uplifting moment in Nepal, which has been overwhelmed by death and destruction since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Saturday. On Friday, the government said the toll from the tremor, the most powerful recorded here since 1934, had risen to 6,198 dead.