A 101-year-old man was among three survivors discovered by rescue workers this weekend in the aftermath of last week’s devastating earthquake in Nepal, NPR reports. According to Agence France-Presse, Funchu Tamang sustained only minor injuries to his hand and ankle after a week spent in the rubble of his home.
According to CNN, the death toll from last week’s devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal now stands at 7,040 with another 14,398 injured. “It will be a miracle if anyone is found alive,” a government spokesperson told the network. “But we have not completely given up yet and are continuing to look.”
The death toll in Nepal from last weekend’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake has exceeded 4,000 people, a number expected to rise as local authorities continue to comb through the remote regions surrounding the country’s capital of Kathmandu. But also lost in the indiscriminate destructive powers of the quake were irreplaceable pieces of Nepal’s cultural history, some dating back several centuries.
If you were thinking about going to Nepal (or, if you already live there), consider yourself warned: there's a man-eating leopard on the loose that, so far, has killed and devoured 15 people, including 10 children. The most recent victim was a 4-year-old child, who was reportedly snatched from his family's yard by the jungle cat and taken into the forest where authorities found his head.
An apparently long running dispute between China and Nepal over the exact height of Mount Everest should be put to rest, after Nepalese officials said they would measure the mountain using GPS. Today, Nepal and China both recognize a height of 8,848 meters — but in recent border talks China has used the rock height of Mount Everest, while Nepal wants to recognize the snow height, which is about meters higher. Global positioning systems will be set up at three separate locations, but it will be two years before the official height is measured.