Two days after the earthquake in Indonesia, a six-year-old child has been pulled out alive from under the rubble. The rescue of a child buried under the rubble without food or water is being called a miracle.
According to the French news agency AFP, the dramatic rescue operation, which was captured on camera, took place on Wednesday evening, raising hopes that others trapped in the wreckage could be rescued alive.
At least 271 people were killed in the earthquake that hit the town of Cianjur in West Java on Monday.
“When we realized that Zika was alive, everyone there cried, including me,” Jackson, a 28-year-old local volunteer, told AFP on Thursday.
“It was a very emotional scene and it felt like a miracle to us,” he said.
In the video, rescue workers can be seen pulling Azka from the rubble of a destroyed house in Sianjur. This video was released by the administration of Bogor district.
Rescue workers pulled out the baby, who was wearing a blue shirt, through a hole. The rescue workers were carrying the child in both hands.
After the rescue, the policeman also gave juice to the child, who seemed satisfied.
Jackson, a local volunteer, said they found the body of the child’s mother in the wreckage two hours after the rescue operation.
He further said that the child was present near the dead body of his grandmother.
The child was squeezed in a narrow place where it was dark and even fresh air was difficult to pass. We did not expect him to be alive even after 48 hours. If we had known, we would have tried to evacuate him the night before.
According to Jackson, a local volunteer, since he started working as a volunteer, he has not seen such an event, so how can he not be emotional on such an occasion.
Officials say that one of the reasons for the large number of children being killed is that many children were at school or in their homes at that time.
But officials have warned that rescue workers are facing difficulties due to rain and possible aftershocks.
According to the National Disaster Management Agency, today despite the rain, its 6,000 personnel are working to find people and rescue operations.
“Please pray for us to find 40 more missing people.”
The search for other people, including a seven-year-old girl buried under the debris, is still going on.
The Indonesian Miracle