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Thursday, 1 February, 2001, 12:53 GMT
Woman, 102, saved from quake rubble
Kuntal Thakkar, 22, is rescued
Kuntal Thakkar, 22, trapped with her husband
Amid the overwhelming devastation of last week's Indian earthquake, there have been remarkable reports of survival.


She had no pulse ... and was gasping for breath

Army doctor
A 102-year-old woman, Veji Bhen, was pulled from the rubble of her home in Bachao township after surviving for four days, the Hindustan Times reported.

''She had no pulse, she was in a state of shock and was gasping for breath,'' an army doctor at the scene was quoted as saying.

Veji Bhen was relieved to find her 82-year-old son was still alive, the newspaper said.

Hopes fade

Relief workers have begun to shift their efforts from searching for survivors to providing much needed aid to those left destitute by the earthquake.

Girl rescued in Bhuj
This 12-year-old girl spent five days under rubble
They believe it is increasingly unlikely anyone could survive for more than five days without water.

But there have been several amazing stories of survival.

Prayed together

A Russian team in Bachao on Wednesday saved a couple, Kuntal Thakkar, 22, and her husband, Jayesh, 26, who had been buried under tons of rubble for more than five days.

Miraculous survivors
Veji Bhen, 102, found after four days

12-year-old girl in Bhuj found after five days

Kuntal Thakkar, 22, and her husband Jayeshi Thakkar, 26, found after more than five days

Jyotsnabhen Gandhi, 55, found in Ahmedabad after almost 118 hours

Niliniben Kumbhare, 25, and infant son, found after 100 hours

A 24-year-old man, found virtually uninjured after 103 hours

Parth Pradeep Joshi, a boy freed in a 12-hour rescue operation

Mr Thakkar said he survived by drinking his urine, praying and talking with his wife who was trapped in the next room.

''We talked about God and we cried together,'' she said. ' We were so desperate to get out.''

Also on Wednesday, in Bhuj, Turkish emergency workers dug out a 12-year-old girl from under tonnes of concrete .

She appeared to be in good physical condition when she emerged.

Earlier on Wednesday in Ahmedabad, Jyotsnabhen Gandhi, 55 was found alive by Indian soldiers and the local fire department.

She had been trapped for almost 118 hours next to the decomposing body of her son.

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