Woman saves herself, newly born baby from mudslide

A woman was stretched to the limit to save her one-day-old baby and herself from mudslide that has killed 26 people near a tea plantation in Tenjolaya village in the West Java regency of Bandung.

Yati, 37, defied severe bleeding and her struggling husband as she carried her baby away from the avalanche of mud that began to bury their house on Tuesday. She walked four kilometers away to find a safe place in a higher ground.

“She was recuperating after delivering her baby, but fought it out to escape from her house. She had to leave her husband who was drowned in the mud,” Hadi, who is providing Yati a shelter, was quoted by Antara on Thursday.

Yati, who works for the tea plantation company, and her baby are receiving a medical treatment from a local midwife.

“She is recovering and her baby is fine,” Hadi said, adding that Yati’s husband survived the mudslide and had been reunited with her family.

The landslide buried six neighborhood units in Tenjolaya village on Tuesday. Rescue workers have unearthed 26 bodies and are still searching for 19 more people who are feared to be buried under the mud.