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Six-year-old boy found alive in rubble two days after Indonesia earthquake

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Azka was found next to the body of the grandfather, who did not resist; The death toll has risen to 272 as authorities continue to search for survivors.

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Six-year-old boy lay in rubble for two days without food or water

Two days after the earthquake that shook the Indonesia and left 272 dead, emergency teams found a six-year-old boy alive this Thursday, 24, amidst the rubble. Six-year-old Azka survived without food or water. “When we realized that Azka was alive, everyone started crying, including me,” Jeksen, a 28-year-old volunteer, told AFP. The miraculous rescue took place on Wednesday night and raises hopes of finding other survivors amidst the destruction in the town of Cianjur in West Java. Next to the child was found the body of her grandmother, Jeksen said. The body of the boy’s mother was found a few hours earlier. Authorities reported that 40 people are still missing, and although they know that 72 hours after the earthquake decreases the chance of finding survivors, they are hopeful after rescuing little Azka. According to the local press, the boy only survived because a wall supported another wall that collapsed and prevented the child from being hit.

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Many earthquake victims were children who were trapped in their schools or homes, officials said. The death toll rose to 272 after emergency teams found the body of a 64-year-old man. Nearly 2,000 people were injured after the 5.6 magnitude earthquake. Time to find more survivors is short and rescue efforts are hampered by heavy rains and threats of aftershocks. Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited the disaster area for the second time on Thursday. More than 61,000 people were left homeless after the earthquake. The government distributes food and tents, but hospitals are overwhelmed. Indonesia, is located in the Pacific “ring of fire”, where tectonic plates meet, Indonesia records earthquakes or volcanic eruptions frequently.

*With information from AFP

Source: Jovempan

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