Girl swept away in Indian Ocean tsunami shows up 7 years later

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

An eight-year-old girl who was swept away in the Indian Ocean tsunami has been found alive — almost seven years to the day the giant wave hit her Indonesian village, Antara news agency reported Thursday.

The 15-year-old, known as Wati, was feared dead after she was separated from her mother and two siblings when the devastating tsunami engulfed Ujong Baroh, in West Aceh, the day after Christmas in 2004.

But the girl showed up in the nearby city of Meulaboh on Wednesday and told staff at the Simpang Pelor cafe that she was trying to get home.

Wati could remember only one relative’s name, her grandfather Ibrahim.

She was taken to his house, where she was quickly identified as his missing granddaughter.

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