Israeli rescuers lead team pulling Nepalese woman from rubble


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli NGO’s search-and-rescue team in Kathmandu led an international effort in locating and extracting a young Nepalese woman from the earthquake rubble.

The IsraAid team on Thursday afternoon guided the rescue of Krishna Devi Khadka, who was stuck in a hotel for five days in an air pocket covered by a dead body. The extraction took several hours and was undertaken with search-and-rescue teams from France, Norway and Nepal, IsraAid said in a statement.

The team continued to work at the same site, believing that it had located another survivor.

The rescue of Khadka, who is in her 20s, came several hours after a 15-year-old boy was pulled from the rubble of a hotel located several blocks away.

Also Thursday, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman announced that Israel will adopt a village in Nepal and assist in its reconstruction. He said the assistance will include clearing the rubble, rebuilding homes and infrastructure, and ensuring access to clean drinking water.

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