A four-month-old baby boy has been rescued alive from the rubble of the 7.8 magnitude earth quake that rocked Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
The baby, Sonit Awal whose father was identified as Shyam Awal of Bhaktapur, Muldhoka, was rescued by the Nepalese army in the early hours of Sunday, April 26, 2015.
Baby Awal reportedly attracted the attention of the rescue team with a faint cry around 10 am, which was about 22 hours after the tragic incident.
According to Nepalese Newspaper, Kathmandu Today, the baby’s father called the rescue team to his house which was affected by the quake.
Soldiers initially missed the child as they searched through the wreckage for survivors but returned the next morning and fortunately rescued the baby alive.
Baby Awal’s dad said, “When the baby was rescued, he was in a good state.”
The baby was taken to Bhaktapur Hospital for a check up where he was confirmed to be without any injuries.
Nepal Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala, had on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 put the death toll from the disaster to over 4,000.
However, reports on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 indicated a rise in the number to over 5,000 while rescue mission continues
Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center said the death toll had reached 5,057 and that nearly 11,000 people were injured in the quake.
Officials have said it was impossible to tell how many bodies remained buried which implies that the death toll could continue to rise.
The prime minister said, “The government is doing all it can for rescue and relief on a war footing. It is a challenge and a very difficult hour for Nepal.”
Thousands of people have been internally displaced by the incident, according to the National Emergency Operation Center, while about eight million people have been affected.
Below are some photos from the rescue of the lucky 4-month-old. (Click on any image to enlarge).