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Miracle survivor rescued 2 days after being trapped under rocks and debris
AFP
New Bataan, December 07, 2012
First Published: 00:49 IST(7/12/2012)
Last Updated: 00:51 IST(7/12/2012)

A Philippines typhoon “miracle survivor” was rescued Thursday after being trapped for two days under rocks and debris in flash floods that swept away his entire family and their farming hamlet.

Slathered in mud and teary-eyed, Carlos Agang recounted how a small community of banana and coconut farmers was obliterated as Typhoon Bopha unleashed a wall of water after making landfall on southern Mindanao island on Tuesday.

“It’s a miracle that I survived,” the 54-year-old said as aid workers carried him off on a stretcher with a broken leg to be airlifted to hospital.

The typhoon triggered flash floods, which carried away Agang’s home outside New Bataan along with him, his wife and four children.

The floodwaters deposited him downstream in a boulder-strewn field, where he lay pinned down for two days by rocks and debris.


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