2 pulled out alive from rubble after quake
In more amazing stories of survival against all odds, a man and a woman are pulled out of the rubble of China's earthquake, eight days after they got buried under it.Updated: May 20, 2008, 23:06 IST
In more amazing stories of survival against all odds, a man and a woman were pulled out of the rubble of China's earthquake on Tuesday, eight days after they got buried under it.
When the tragedy, which has thus far cost the country over 40,000 lives, struck, the woman Wang Youqun was in a temple in the town of Pengzhou.
While initially she was unconscious, she was eventually able to creep out and was found in rubble today almost 195 hours after the tremblor hit, official news agency Xinhua said.
All this while, she actually survived on rainwater and was conscious when the rescuers found her this evening, it said.
The 60-year old Wang was in a stable condition, reports said.
In a similar story, a man, who had spent 179 hours trapped, was pulled from the remains of a power plant following a 30-hour rescue operation.
Ma Yuanjiang, a 31-year-old executive at the plant, was freed after a team chiselled through 10 slabs of cement, opening up a tunnel, Xinhua said.
His internal organs were in good condition, doctors said, but Ma's left forearm had to be amputated and he had lacerations in his abdomen, the report said.
Ma was surprisingly able to speak and eat and drink small amounts after spending so long under the rubble of the office section of the power plant, it added.