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Boy, woman rescued in Kathmandu rubble, aid reaches some remote areas

KATHMANDU: Hundreds cheered as rescuers toiling amid rubble left by Nepal’s earthquake pulled a boy and a woman to safety on Thursday after they had been trapped for five days.

A 23-year-old maid, Krishna Devi Khadka, was found lying along with the bodies of three other people, police said.

Officials said the chances of finding more survivors were fading as the death toll reached 5,858. But Nepal’s Armed Police Force managed to save 15-year-old Pema Lama from the collapsed ruins of Kathmandu’s Hilton Hotel.

“I saw the police drilling for four hours to remove mounds of debris before they could pull him out,” said Ambar Giri, a medical worker at the scene.

Away from the capital, aid was finally reaching some of Nepal’s remote towns and villages nestled among mountains and foothills, where the extent of the damage and loss of life has yet to be properly assessed.

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