Indonesia: a 6-year-old boy who spent two days under the rubble was rescued alive

Thursday, November 24, 2022 | 10:15 a.m.

Indonesian emergency teams worked around the clock on Thursday to find survivors after the earthquake that left 271 deadafter extricating a six-year-old boy trapped in the rubble for two days alive.

The “miraculous” rescue was caught on camera on Wednesday night and revived hopes of finding more people alive among the ruins caused by the tremor that devastated the city of Cianjur in West Java on Monday. The little rescued, who is called Azka and is six years old, survived without water or food.

“Once we realized that Azka was alive, everyone burst into tears, including me,” Jeksen, a 28-year-old local volunteer, told the AFP news agency today.

“It was very emotional, it was experienced as a miracle,” he added.

Video of the rescue, released by the Bogor district administration in West Java, shows rescuers pulling Azka out of a destroyed house in Cugenang district, the hardest hit in the city. The man who rescued him from a hole in the rubble hugged the boy with both arms, while another rescuer ran after him holding the boy’s hand.

Azka is then seen calmly having a drink in the arms of a soldier, with an emergency worker stroking his hair.

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