I watched as ground opened & swal­lowed my mother

Tsunami sur­vivor tells of hor­ror

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - BRIAN READE - BY TOM PARRY Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

A WOMAN who sur­vived the In­done­sian tsunami has told how her mother was swal­lowed up as the ground opened around them.

Rori Oryza, 29, was with fam­ily mem­bers when a 7.5 mag­ni­tude quake trig­gered the giant wave.

The ground cracked open and her mother fell into the crevice, which then sealed as the tremors con­tin­ued.

Rori, who is mum to six-month-old Reysi, said: “When I tried to save my mother, the earth split up. My mother fell back­wards into the crack and was swal­lowed by the mov­ing ground.

“I fell for­wards and a car fell on top of me. My right leg was shat­tered.” Her 75-year-old grand­mother, cousins, niece and aunt have also yet to be traced. Her home has been de­stroyed.

Res­cuers are strug­gling to re­move the de­bris two weeks af­ter the disas­ter that has left 2,073 dead to date.

The 18ft wall of wa­ter surged through the city of Palu on the is­land of Su­lawesi, 1,000 miles north­east of the cap­i­tal Jakarta.

The Disasters Emer­gency Com­mit­tee has said its ap­peal has raised £14mil­lion to help the 200,000 sur­vivors.

DE­BRIS Cars piled up two weeks on

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