Fresh hope in Kathmandu after three people were pulled alive from the rubble of their home, eight days after Nepal’s devastating earthquake.
It was a small miracle amid the death and destruction – the number of dead has risen to above 7,000 – but it came as 50 more bodies were also discovered on a northern trekking route which had been struck by an avalanche.
As international aid pours into the stricken country, supplies are building up at the main airport. The United Nations has urged the Nepali government to relax its normal customs restrictions which are slowing up the flow of relief material to those who desperately need it.
“We know that a lot of aid has come from outside but it has not reached where it was supposed to reach.,” said one survivor. “There is no point in bringing in aid from outside and storing it. It needs to be distributed.”
The UN has estimated that eight million of Nepal’s 28 million people have been affected by last week’s earthquake.
It says that at least two million are in need of tents, water, food and medicines immediately and that they will continue to need help for many months to come.