Baby reunited with dad as Indonesia flood death toll hits 79

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Mar 19, 2019-

SENTANI (Indonesia): A baby trapped under rubble after flash flooding destroyed his home in Indonesia has been reunited with his father after the disaster killed the rest of their family, officials said Monday, as the death toll hit 79. The five-month old was plucked Sunday from debris inside a house where his mother and siblings were found dead in the hard-hit town of Sentani. The tot has since been returned to his surviving 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 baby.” The news came as Indonesia’s disaster agency raised the official death toll from 58 on Sunday, with more than three dozen people still missing. Indonesia’s military took up the grim task of putting the corpses of mud-caked victims into body bags, after flash floods and landslides ripped through the area. Scores have been injured in the disaster, triggered by torrential rain on Saturday. “The death toll could still go up,” said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Published: 19-03-2019 10:54

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