A Nepalese woman looks inside a damaged temple and prays in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, April 30, 2015. (AP/Manish Swarup)
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Rescue teams toiling amid rubble left by Nepal's devastating earthquake pulled a teenage boy to safety Thursday after he had been trapped for five days, a rare moment of joy for a country struggling to cope with the aftermath.Eight million people have been affected, with at least two million in need of tents, water, food and medicines over the next three months.An official from Nepal's home ministry said the number of confirmed deaths from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake had risen to 5,489 by Thursday morning, and almost 11,000 were injured. More than 80 people have been killed in neighbouring India and Tibet. Nepal is appealing to foreign governments for more helicopters. There are currently about 20 Nepali army, private and Indian army helicopters involved in rescue operations, according to Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, a home ministry official. That would surpass the 8,500 who died in a 1934 earthquake, the last disaster on this scale to hit the nation of 28 million people sandwiched between India and China.In the Himalayas, climbing is set to reopen on Mount Everest next week after damage caused by avalanches triggered by the quake is repaired.
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