KATHMANDU - A Nepali-French search and rescue team pulled a 28-year-old man, Rishi Khanal, from a collapsed apartment block in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu on Tuesday after he had spent around 80 hours in a room with three dead bodies.
Khanal appeared to have had no access to food or water during his ordeal, which began at midday on Saturday when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, destroying buildings and killing at least 4,600 people.
"It seems he survived by sheer willpower," said Akhilesh Shrestha, a doctor who treated him.
Khanal had been on the second floor of a seven-storey building when the quake struck. The top floors were intact and the teams drilled down to him after he shouted for help and responded to questions in Nepali.