Baby found alive three days after Indonesia tsunami

October 28, 2010 17:58

MENTAWAI ISLANDS, Indonesia — An official says an 18-month-old baby has been found alive in a clump of trees days after the devastating tsunami that killed at least 343 people.

Relief coordinator Hermansyah says the little boy is recovering in a health center. He says a 10-year-old child discovered the baby in a clump of trees on Pagai Selatan island on Wednesday. Both his parents are dead.

The discovery is one of the few bright spots in the tsunami that flattened villages and displaced tens of thousands of people when it hit Monday.

Residents of the Mentawai chain of islands dug graves and gathered in makeshift shelters Thursday. Officials said they fear that hundreds of missing people were swept out to sea and will never be found.

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