Its nothing short of a miracle, as a five-month-old baby boy who was trapped under rubble after flash flooding destroyed his home in Indonesia, killing members of his family except his father, has been rescued.
The five-month-old was plucked on Sunday from the debris inside a house where his mother and siblings were found dead in the hard-hit northeastern town of Sentani and returned to his father
“We took the baby to the hospital and had him treated,” Papua military spokesman Muhammad Aidi told AFP.
“He was in stable condition and has been released. The father was distressed but happy to be reunited with his son
The news came as Indonesia’s disaster agency raised the official death toll from 58 to 77, with more than three dozen people still missing.
Scores have been injured in the disaster, caused by torrential rain and landslides on Saturday.
Flooding is common in Indonesia, especially during the rainy season which runs from October to April.
In January, floods and landslides killed at least 70 people on Sulawesi island, while earlier this month hundreds in West Java province were forced to move when torrential rains triggered severe flooding.
Meanwhile, three people were killed — including two Malaysian tourists — and some 182 were injured after an earthquake Sunday triggered a landslide on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, next to Bali.