Girl found 10 years after 2004 tsunami

Girl found 10 years after 2004 tsunami

An Indonesian girl swept away in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has been reunited with her parents 10 years after she was given up for dead.

Raudhatul Jannah was four when she and her brother were swept away from their home in West Aceh district in Aceh province on Dec 26, 2004, said her mother Jamaliah.

Madam Jamaliah said she and her husband stopped searching after a month, and believed she was dead until her brother spotted a girl who looked like her long-lost daughter in June, reported news.com.au.

They later found that the girl had been under the care of an elderly woman in nearby Aceh Barat Daya district. The family were reunited on Wednesday.

Madam Jamaliah said she had no doubt that the girl was her daughter as soon as she saw her.

The Indian Ocean tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake off Sumatra island, killed 230,000 people in 14 countries, including 170,000 in Aceh.


This article was first published on August 8, 2014.
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