Nepal earthquake: SCDF-led rescuers recover body from collapsed building

LALITPUR, NEPAL - Rescuers from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand have recovered a body at quake-hit Lalitpur, just south of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, on Thursday.

The team led by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) successfully retrieved the body of Mr Kitaba Tamang, 27, in the recovery operation.

Earlier, rescuers from Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia deployed dogs, and carried out a visual search for trapped victims in partially collapsed buildings, but they found no signs of life.

The Singapore team then spotted the hand of the victim, whose body was found trapped under a staircase in an apartment block.

Deputy Contingent Commander Captain Foo Yiing Kai said rescuers from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand managed to recover it in less than three hours, although extricating the body was "tricky".

"The mission was very successful, despite three countries with different languages working together," Captain Foo said.

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