| 10.5°C Dublin

Three plucked alive from rubble of China quake

Three survivors have been pulled from the rubble five days after the earthquake which devastated a remote Tibetan community in northwestern China.

A 34-year-old woman, named only as Ripu, was found half buried in the ruins of a hillside settlement in Yushu county.

Rescuers worked in freezing temperatures to save her 130 hours after the quake struck.

Six hours earlier, Cairen Baiji, (4), and Wujian Cuomao (68), were freed from the wreckage of a house.

A rescue team reached the village, 20km from the main town of Jiegu, yesterday.

The death toll has risen to 1,944, with 216 missing, after the deadliest tremor to strike China since an earthquake in 2008 killed about 90,000. About 1,000 victims were buried or cremated at the weekend.(© The Times, London)

Irish Independent