Close up of Pemba Tamang on a stretcher after being rescued five days after Nepal earthquake
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How long can you survive buried alive after an earthquake?

A 15-year-old boy, Pemba Lama, has been rescued from the rubble of a building in Kathmandu, five days after an earthquake that killed at least 5,500 people in Nepal.

He told the BBC he survived by drinking water from wet clothes and eating pots of clarified butter, or ghee. But how do people survive so long in the rubble?

Lucy Hockings reports.

  • 30 Apr 2015
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