KATHMANDU: 27-year-old Rishi Khanal who was pulled from the wreckage of a collapsed hotel by a French rescue team over three days after the devastating earthquake in Nepal narrates the trauma he suffered and said that he was forced to drink his own urine to survive.
After the young boy finished his lunch at the hotel in Kathmandu, Rishi went up to the second floor when everything suddenly started shaking and fell apart.
He was struck by falling stones and trapped with his foot trampled under rubble.
“I had some hope of surviving but had given up yesterday. My nails started to turn white and lips cracked. I was sure that there is no body coming for my rescue and it was certain to die,” Khanal narrated his shock to a news agency from his hospital bed on Wednesday, surrounded by his family members.
Speaking about the tragic moment, he further informed of being surrounded by dead people and terrible smell but he continued banging on the rubble all around him and eventually it brought a French rescue team that pulled him out after an operation that lasted for several hours.
“There was no sound, either coming in or going out but I continued to bang against the rubble and finally someone responded to me and came to help. I had not eaten anything and did not have anything to drink in these 82 hours so I drank my own urine,” he added.
It is yet not clear if Rishi was an employee at the hotel or a guest. “It feels good and I am thankful to the rescue team for saving my life,” he added before going in for a surgery.
Over 5, 000 people have reportedly been killed and more than 8, 000 injured in the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that rocked Nepal on Saturday. The disaster also caused deaths in India and Tibet. However, a shocking majority was seen in Nepal.
Apart from this, at least 18 people died on the slopes of Mount Everest where buried part of the base camp packed with foreign climbers.
Around 100 aftershocks including a magnitude-6.7 temblor on Sunday hindered the rescue efforts and terrified the residents who then chose to sleep in open squares and parks.
The recent earthquake was the worst to hit Nepal in last 81 years. In 1934, the country witnessed a major shake of 8.0 magnitude and destroyed the cities of Bhakatpur, Patan and Kathmandu which is full of small, poorly constructed brick apartment buildings.