Nepal Earthquake / Nepali PM Announces Compensation for Quake Victims

After rescue services pulled a teenage boy from Nepal rubble, Israel, French and Norwegian team rescued a woman buried under a guest house; Obama calls Nepalese PM, pledges U.S. aid.

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Rescue workers remove debris at Durbar Square after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015.Credit: AP
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Rescue services were still extracting survivors from the rubble of building in Nepal, five days after a 7.8 earthquake shook the Himalayan nation, leaving 5,500 people dead.

8:12 P.M. Nepal's PM announces government will give compensation to quake victims

Nepal's prime minister, Sushil Koirala, announced today that the government would pay $1,000 to the families of those who lost their lives in the earthquake, $50 for every home that was destroyed and $20 to every injured person. (Yaniv Kubovich)

7:27 P.M. Israeli field hospital has treated 184 patients

The Israeli field hospital that has been set up in Kathmandu has treated 184 patients, performed six surgeries and delivered one baby. (Yaniv Kubovich)

5:17 P.M. Israeli, French and Norwegian rescue workers get Nepalese woman trapped under guest house for five days

A Nepalese woman, 25, is free after being buried under a guest house for five days after the Nepalese earthquake, police and Interior Ministry officials confirm. A joint team of Israeli, French and Norwegian rescue workers helped extricate her from the rubble.

Krishna Kumar Khadka became the second survivor recovered on Thursday, Interior Ministry spokesman Laxmi Dhakal says.

She was rescued in the evening from the Jana Sewa Guest House in the Gongabu bus park area, the same place where Pemba Lama was rescued earlier in the day, police officer Prajwal Maharjan says.

He said she is in a serious condition and has been taken to hospital. (DPA)

10:04 A.M. Rescue services pull teenage boy from Nepal rubble

Crowds cheered Thursday as a teenage boy was pulled, dazed and dusty, from the wreckage of a seven-story Kathmandu building that collapsed around him five days ago when an enormous earthquake shook Nepal.

The boy, who has not been identified, was carried out in a stretcher. His face was covered in dust, and medics had put an IV drop into his arm. A blue brace had been placed around his neck. He appeared stunned, and his eyes blinked in the sunlight.

An American disaster response team had been working for a few hours to try to free the trapped boy.

"He's not too far down, but the floors have collapsed and he'd pancaked between them," Andrew Olvera, who is heading the team from the U.S. Agency for International Development, said shortly before the boy was freed.

Only twisted ropes of steel rebar was all that was holding huge concrete slabs from falling onto the scene. Two concrete floors were hanging down in front like curtains.

"The whole operation is dangerous," he said. "But its risk versus gain. To save a human life, we'll risk almost anything."

10:48 P.M. IDF field hospital treats 98 patients on first day

The Israeli army field hospital in Nepal has treated 98 patients on Wednesday, performed three life-saving operations and one Caesarian section. (Haaretz)

10:20 P.M. Obama calls Nepalese PM, pledges U.S. aid

U.S. President Barack Obama called Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala Wednesday to offer condolences and promise aid, spokesman Josh Earnest says.

"The president pledged that the United States will do all it can to help the people of Nepal in this time of need," Earnest says.
A USAID disaster response team on Wednesday reached the hard-hit city of Bhaktapur to work with the Nepali army and members of the community to find people who might be trapped, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. The U.S. military also sent a 20-member humanitarian assistance team to support the team.

In addition, a USAID airlift of emergency shelter materials is headed to Nepal, she added. It consists of 700 rolls of plastic sheeting to help an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 people and is expected to land in Kathmandu early on Thursday.

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