Nepal earthquake woman rescued
Earthquake survivor Krishna Kumari Khadka, 24, is rescued by the French, Israeli and Norwegian rescue teams from a collapsed buildingReuters

A 24-year-old woman has been pulled out of the rubble in Kathmandu 127 hours after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal killing more than 5,500 people.

The woman, named Krishna Kumari Khadka, was rescued after her family insisted with rescue teams that there were signs of life under the wreckage of her house. Dozens of people gathered to see the rescue operation, which lasted 10 hours and was carried out by joint team members from Norway, France and Israel.

Khadka was trapped for more than five days alongside bodies in Kathmandu.

It is the second such rescue in a day after that of 15-year-old Pemba Lama, who was pulled alive from the rubble of a Kathmandu five-storey lodge called Hilton Guesthouse.

The boy, a tour-guide operator, told the BBC he managed to survive in an air pocket by drinking water from wet clothes and eating pots of clarified butter.

The development came as IBTimes UK exclusively revealed that a total of 4.2 million workers are believed by the UN to have been affected by the Nepal earthquake.

Officials and aid workers in Nepal are still without any news on up to 11,000 people living in the northernmost areas of Gorkha district, where the epicentre of the earthquake on 25 April was located.

In its preliminary assessment, the UN's International Labour Organization (ILO) found that approximately 1.15 million of affected workers were in the 11 worst-hit districts of Kathmandu, Dhading, Sindhupalchok, Nuwakot, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Rasuwa, Kavrepalanchok, Dolakha, Ramechhap and Gorkha.

The UN has launched a $415m (£270m) appeal for the Nepal earthquake survivors.

BBC News reported the UN's resident co-ordinator for Nepal, Jamie McGoldrick, as saying: "Although I am heartened and encouraged by the progress of the response to date, efforts need to be maintained and stepped up to ensure vital assistance reaches all the affected, especially those in the remote areas."

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday has already caused the deaths of 5,000 people with at least 10,000 reported injured and 70,000 houses destroyed.

According to the UN, people in remote areas remain stranded without basic needs such as water, shelter and food.