12-year-old boy dies saving 4-year-old sister in Jakarta landslide

12-year-old boy dies saving 4-year-old sister in Jakarta landslide
A 12-year-old boy named Hilman died after his house on Jl. Pemuda III, Srengseng Sawah, in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, collapsed on Monday evening.
PHOTO: Courtesy of South Jakarta Municipality

A 12-year-old boy called Hilman has died after saving his 4-year-old sister Rani from the debris of their house following a landslide in South Jakarta.

Hilman, Rani, their father Budi, 44, and mother Eni, 34, were in the house when the incident happened in Jagakarsa at around 4 p.m. on Monday, Kompas.com reported on Wednesday.

Jagakarsa district secretary Mundari said the land from right behind Budi's house hit the building during heavy rain, causing the house's walls to collapse onto the family.

Hilman managed to get out of the house, but when he recognised that his little sister was trapped in the debris, he tried to save her and succeeded, Mundari said.

Alas, the boy was hit by the collapsing building and suffered severe injuries when his father carried him out of the ruins. "Actually, Hilman died of helping his sister. He wanted to save her," Mundari said.

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