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Indonesian child rescued from earthquake rubble after two days

A six-year-old boy was rescued on Wednesday night from the rubble of Monday’s deadly earthquake in Indonesia in what has been described as a miracle rescue.
The boy, who was trapped under rubble without food or water, was pulled out alive by emotional rescue workers.
“Once we realized Azka was alive everybody broke into tears, including me,” 28-year-old local volunteer Jeksen told AFP on Thursday.
“It was very moving, it felt like a miracle.”
Video showed rescue workers pulling the boy Azka free from a destroyed home in Cianjur’s worst-hit district of Cugenang, wearing the blue shirt and trousers he had on when he became trapped.
The man who pulled him out of a hole cut in the debris clasped him in both arms, as another rescue worker in an orange hard hat ran after them to hold the boy’s hand, footage released by the administration of West Java’s Bogor district showed.
Azka — who like many Indonesians goes by one name — was then shown calmly sipping a drink, held by a soldier as another emergency worker stroked his hair.
His mother died in the earthquake and her body was found hours before Azka’s rescue, a volunteer told AFP on Thursday.
The boy was then found next to his dead grandmother, Jeksen said.
“We didn’t expect him to still be alive after 48 hours, if we knew we would have tried harder the night before,” he said.
“For all the years since I became a volunteer, I’ve never seen anything like this. How can you not cry?”
At least 271 people died in Monday’s quake and authorities have warned that time is running out to find survivors.
“Today for the search and rescue operation we deployed 6,000 people. It was raining but we keep searching,” said Suharyanto, head of the national disaster mitigation agency, or BNPB.
“Please pray for us so the 40 missing people could be found.”
Authorities are continuing to search for dozens who remain buried under debris, including a missing seven-year-old girl.The post Indonesian child rescued from earthquake rubble after two days first appeared on Ariana News.

Source: Ariana News

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