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Man, 101, rescued from Nepal quake rubble

Nepal has ruled out the possibility of finding more survivors buried in rubble.
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A 101-year-old man has been pulled alive from rubble eight days after an earthquake hit Nepal, according to police.

Funchu Tamang was rescued on Saturday with only minor injuries and airlifted to a district hospital, local police officer Arun Kumar Singh said.

“He was brought to the district hospital in a helicopter. His condition is stable,” Mr Singh said.

“He has injuries on his left ankle and hand. His family is with him.”

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Police also rescued three women in north-eastern Nepal on Sunday, as the death toll from the devastating quake climbed to more than 7000.

Two of the people were buried under a collapsed mud house, while one was pulled from under the earth after being swept by a landslide triggered by the earthquake.

Meanwhile, a police team from Nepal has retrieved 50 bodies – including some foreign trekkers – from an avalanche-hit area, officials say.

None of the bodies have been identified, police deputy superintendent in the northern district of Rasuwa, Pravin Pokharel, said.

Mr Pokharel, who led the police team, said the bodies were pulled out on Saturday (AEST), one week after the earthquake, and rescuers would return to the remote area on Sunday.

Australian Brett White is still searching for his brother Tyronne Wade White.

A Nepalese woman at Kritipur in the Kathmandu Valley.
A Nepalese woman at Kritipur in the Kathmandu Valley.

Tyronne hasn’t been heard from since April 7 when he went to the mountainous Langtang region of Nepal, now devastated after the powerful April 25 earthquake.

While just 549 Australians registered as travellers to Nepal, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said teams of government workers had accounted for 1450 Australians.

“All known Australians in Nepal have now been accounted for,” she said on Friday.

But the search continues for the White family from Taree, New South Wales.

Brett has sought help from the Nepalese head of a walking mission to seek out survivors in the Langtang area.

Melbourne mother of two Renu Fotedar, 49, was among 20 people killed in an avalanche triggered on Mount Everest by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake.

Ms Fotedar is the only Australian reported to have been killed in the quake.

Toll continues to rise

The government said the death toll from the earthquake has reached 7040 and the number of injured was 14,123.

US military aircraft and personnel are due to arrive in Nepal on Sunday, a day later than expected, to help ferry relief supplies to stricken areas outside the capital Kathmandu, a US Marines spokeswoman said.

Marine Brigadier General Paul Kennedy said the delayed US contingent included at least 100 soldiers, lifting equipment and six military aircraft, two of them helicopters.

The team arrives as criticism mounted over a pile-up of relief material at Kathmandu airport, the only international gateway to the Himalayan nation, because of customs inspections.

United Nations resident representative Jamie McGoldrick said the government must loosen its normal customs restrictions to deal with the increasing flow of relief material pouring in from abroad.

But the government, complaining it has received unneeded supplies such as tuna and mayonnaise, insisted its customs agents had to check all emergency shipments.

with ABC/AAP

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