Tsunami sur­vivor tells of dis­as­ter hor­ror death

Daily Mirror - - WATTS THE GOSS - BY TOM PARRY Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent tom.parry@mir­ror.co.uk

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 MUM Rori & tot 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.

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