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Indonesia: 6-year-old boy rescued from rubble two days after quake


miracle The boy, named Azka, was found next to the lifeless body of his grandmother

Rescuers attempt to evacuate people trapped in vehicle after landslide of ground triggered by an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, on November 21, 2022. — SANDIKA FADILAH/SIPA

It”s a real “miracle”. A boy named Azka and aged of six years has been extracted alive from the rubble two days after an earthquake that killed at least 271 people in Indonesia, said Thursday a lifeguard. The rescue was completed. filmed Wednesday night and relaunched the hopes of lifting other survivors from the ruins caused by the earthquake that rocked on Monday the surroundings of the city of Cianjur, at west of the Indonesian island of Java.

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“When we realized that Azka was alive, everyone broke down in tears, including me,” volunteer rescuer Jeksen Kolibu. A video filmed by smartphone shows the rescuers coming out of the rubble unscathed. without water and food for two days. A rescuer, with a big smile, carries in his arms the boy dressed in a t-shirt and blue pants, while another runs behind to hold the child’s hand, in this video released by Bogor District Administration, West Java.

Protected; by a pillow

Young Azka is filmed. then drinking a drink through a straw, while a lifeguard strokes her hair. It has been found to side lifeless body of his grandmother, added Jeksen Kolibu, saved thanks to; a wall that has resisted to the tremors, preventing another wall from collapsing on top of him, reported local media. “He was found on the side left of the house, on a bed. He was protected; by a pillow and there was a space of 10 cm between him and a concrete wall,” Jeksen Kolibu. “It was a very cramped, dark, hot place and the opening didn’t let in much air.” “We didn’t expect it; that he is still alive after 48 hours, otherwise more effort would have been made the night before” to find him, he regrets.

More than a third of the victims of this earthquake are children, who were at at school or at school. home when the quake struck, according to data from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB). But time is running out to find other survivors as rain and aftershocks slow the search. “Today the emergency services deployed; 6,000 people. It’s raining but we continue to walk. look for,” BNPB leader Suharyanto who, like many Indonesians, has only one name. The latest report, announced Wednesday evening by the authorities is 271 dead, 40 missing and more than 2,000 injured.




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