Palu, October 3: In a miraculous survival, a man in Indonesia was rescued after being crushed under debris for four days. The relief workers found him under the rubble in Palu, hit by the worst-earthquake in decades, on Tuesday. His dramatic rescue was captured on camera.
The 38-year-old survivor said he was at the Mandala Finance Building on Saturday, when the earthquake struck Palu and other parts of Sulawesi. Following the quake, he was crushed under the building's debris for 4 days without food and water. His survival is being termed as a miracle by the locals. Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia: Indian Air Force Embarks on a Humanitarian Relief Mission to the Island Country, View Pics.
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The death toll has meanwhile climbed to 1,407 in the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami, as per the official count. Nearly 2.4 million people have been , with the maximum casualties being recorded in Palu.
National Agency for Disaster Management spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the figure was expected to continue rising as search and rescue operations were underway with more rescuers and equipment joining in the mission.
The catastrophe began on Friday with a 6.1 magnitude earthquake that killed one person. It was followed by the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and then a tsunami.
The number of people admitted to hospitals went up to 2,549 and those missing to 113. About 65,733 houses were damaged or destroyed.
An estimated 2.4 million people were affected by the twin disasters. A total of 70,821 people fled their homes and took shelter in camps or under tarpaulins in 141 spots.