Nepal Earthquake: Man Explains How He Survived in Rubble for 82 Hours

PHOTO: Survivor Rishi Khanal, 27, is freed by French rescuers from the ruins of a three-story hotel in the Gangabu area of Kathmandu, Nepal, April 28, 2015.PlayNiranjan Shrestha/AP Photo
WATCH Nepal Rescue Officials Remain Hopeful of Finding Survivors

Rishi Khanal had finished lunch at a hotel in Kathmandu Saturday, when everything started to move.

An earthquake sent masonry falling on the 27-year-old. His foot was crushed under the rubble.

He was surrounded by dead people. The smell worsened. Khanal says he was forced to drink his own urine to survive.

As the days passed he kept banging on the rubble, hoping someone would hear him.

"I had some hope but by yesterday I'd given up,” he told The Associated Press from his hospital bed on Wednesday, surrounded by his family. “My nails went all white and my lips cracked. ... I was sure no one was coming for me. I was certain I was going to die.”

VIDEO: Rishi Kanal was pulled from inside a partially collapsed building in Kathmandu after being trapped for days following the earthquake.ABCNews.com
VIDEO: Rishi Kanal was pulled from inside a partially collapsed building in Kathmandu after being trapped for days following the earthquake.

Rescue crews heard his banging, and he was pulled from the hotel rubble by French and Nepalese rescuers, an operation that took more than six hours. After Khanal was freed from the rubble, he was carried on a stretcher through a hallway and then taken outside toward an ambulance.

More than 5,000 deaths and more than 10,900 injuries have been blamed on the earthquake, according to Nepal’s National Emergency Operation Center. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced.

PHOTO: Survivor Rishi Khanal, 27, is freed by French rescuers from the ruins of a three-story hotel in the Gangabu area of Kathmandu, Nepal, April 28, 2015.Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo
Survivor Rishi Khanal, 27, is freed by French rescuers from the ruins of a three-story hotel in the Gangabu area of Kathmandu, Nepal, April 28, 2015.

Khanal’s rescue marks a sign of hope amid the devastation.

"It feels good,” he said. “I am thankful.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.