The oldest living person on earth is set to die in his 80s at the age of 94.
It is the first death in the world of the Nepalese official who survived being swept away by the waves in the devastating Tsunami of February 14, 2017, according to the Himalayan Times.
According to the Kathmandu Times, Mr. Rana Lal, the longest serving official in the Nepal government, died on Saturday.
He is the longest-serving official in Nepal.
“I have always felt that there are people who have been overlooked by the public and are forgotten and I want to pay tribute to them,” Lal told reporters in his office in the central town of Patan district.
He was in good health, and his family has been in touch with his relatives and friends, the Kathasar newspaper reported.
Lal was born in 1950 in the village of Doklam in the northern part of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, according the Himalayas Times.
His parents were both teachers, and he was one of them.
Lal’s mother died when he was only four years old.
He spent most of his childhood in the remote and mountainous Himalayan region of Nepal, before moving to India in 1958.
His family moved to India with Lal after he graduated from school in the US in 1964, and they settled in the town of Doka Kashi, about 100 kilometres from Kathmandue.
Lals family and friends have been making the trek to Kathmandua to pay his respects.
The earthquake killed at least 20,000 people, and tens of thousands more have been injured, according a World Health Organization (WHO) estimate.