An Indonesian girl swept away in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami has been reunited with her parents 10 years after she was given up for dead, her mother says.
Raudhatul Jannah was 4 when she and her brother were swept away by tsunami waters from her home in West Aceh district in Aceh province on Dec. 26, 2004, mother Jamaliah said.
Jamaliah said she and her husband stopped searching after a month and believed she was dead until Jamaliah’s brother spotted a girl who looked like her long-lost daughter in June.
They later found that the girl had been under the care of an elderly woman in nearby Aceh Barat Daya district.
The family were reunited on Wednesday.
Jamaliah said after the tsunami hit her house, Raudhatul and her brother, then 7, slipped from her and her husband’s grasp as they held onto a floating wooden plank.
Raudhatul, now 14, had told her parents that her brother was likely to have survived after the two were stranded on Banyak Island, her mother said.
The Indian Ocean tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake off Sumatra island, killed 230,000 people in 14 countries, including 170,000 in Aceh.