Miracle in the rubble: Rescuers pull boy to safety after 12 hours

Miracle among the rubble: Rescuers pull tiny boy to safety after 12 hours trapped in buried car as hunt continues for his parents after Indonesian tsunami kills at least 222

  • More than 220 have been killed and 800 injured in a tsunami in Indonesia 
  • Boy aged five was found in a car, trapped under debris, including heavy trees 
  • Indonesian police officers found the crying boy and pulled him from the vehicle 
  • The child named Ali cried as he was rescued and held by an officer in Indonesia 

This is the moment a five-year-old boy is miraculously pulled alive from the rubble more than 12 hours after a tsunami hit Indonesian islands on Saturday evening.

More than 222 people were killed and 800 injured after an infamous volcano, known as the ‘Child of Krakatoa’ erupted and caused a 20ft wave to batter the beaches around the Sunda Strait. 

The wave hit between the islands of Java and Sumatra at about 9.30pm local time, destroying 500 houses, nine hotels, 60 food stalls and 350 boats. 

A huge search and rescue operation was launched on Sunday morning to find survivors and move the dead. 

Among those who survived was a boy named Ali, who police revealed on had been pulled from a car which had become trapped under fallen trees.   

The hunt for survivors: Men and women have been clawing through the mud and water and pieces of building to try and find survivors

Fire and ash: An aerial view of the volcano on Sunday after the eruption which sent a wall of water slamming into the shore, in a natural disaster which has killed 222 people

Tearful young boy named Ali was plucked to safety after spending 12 hours trapped in a car hidden underneath fallen trees

A police officer revealed on Instagram how the boy’s cries were heard. 

Officers rushed to the scene to remove wood and other island debris from the car, shining a torch into the wreckage to make out little Ali’s face.

Eventually he is pulled alive crying as he clings onto the officer who saved him, as stunned crowds take pictures of Ali and the officer as he emerges muddy and upset but safe.

It is not clear whether anyone else in the car with Ali made it out of the wreckage alive. 

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Jaw dropping footage of the exact moment the 20ft wave came crashing down on the stage, engulfing the band, emerged on Sunday morning as it was revealed 222 people have died. 

Another video recorded in the seconds before the wave hit showed families enjoying a performance by Seventeen before the entire stage is suddenly smashed to pieces. 

The band’s lead singer Riefian ‘Ifan’ Fajarsyah told his 300,000 followers in a tearful video he was looking for the rest of the band.

The group later released a statement saying their bass player, guitarist and road manager were found dead, while two other band members and the wife of one of the performers remained missing. 

Another aerial view of the volcano in Indonesia after its devastating eruption 

Body bags are lining the streets in zones created by search and rescue teams. Indonesian families have been left devastated by the natural disaster 

Damaged buildings and cars are seen in Anyer, Serang as recovery workers are called in to try and find survivors 

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 222 deaths had been confirmed and at least 843 people were injured.

The worst-affected area was the Pandeglang region of Java’s Banten province, which encompasses Ujung Kulon National Park and popular beaches, the agency said.

Indonesian President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo expressed his sympathy and ordered government agencies to respond quickly to the disaster.

‘My deep condolences to the victims in Banten and Lumpung provinces,’ he said. ‘Hopefully, those who are left have patience.’

At the Vatican, Pope Francis prayed for the dead, the missing and the homeless in Indonesia, telling tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square that his thoughts were with victims ‘struck by violent natural calamities.’

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted support for Indonesia: ‘We are praying for recovery and healing. America is with you!’

In the city of Bandar Lampung on Sumatra, hundreds of residents took refuge at the governor’s office, while at the popular resort area of Anyer beach on Java, some survivors wandered in the debris.

Tourists who were enjoying the long holiday weekend ahead of Christmas were also affected. 

Women are treated on the back of a truck and IV drips hang from the cabin after the tsunami washed over islands in Indonesia

A man is consoled by a rescue worker after identifying his relative among the bodies of tsunami victims in Carita, Indonesia

The volcanic island Anak Krakatoa stands 1200ft above sea level after first emerging from the depths of the ocean in 1937 

Carita beach in Pandeglang was one of the worst hit areas with homes being torn down by the rushing water and cars being destroyed 

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