Early on Saturday morning, a remote Sichuan village vanished beneath the rubble after being engulfed by a massive landslide that demolished homes and lives. Out of the devastation, one family struggled to safety, thanks to their crying infant.
At around 6 a.m. that morning, 26-year-old Xiao Yanchun was awoken by her wailing 38-day-old son. After finishing changing his diapers, she was about to go to bed when she suddenly heard a strange sound rumbling in the distance and felt the ground begin to quake underneath her feet, WccDaily reports.
Soon, rocks and mud began slamming into the family’s home, smashing through the windows and filling their living room. Without hesitation, Xiao grabbed her infant son and began to run, with her husband, Qiao Dashuai, right behind them. Against a fierce current of stones and muck, they climbed their way to safety while their village was being engulfed all around them.
The three were later found by rescuers and arrived at a local hospital by 9 a.m. During their escape, the child had swallowed a dangerous amount of dirt and had to have his stomach pumped. They are all now reported to be in stable condition.
However, so far, they have been the only ones lucky enough to escape from the disaster with their lives. Xiao’s parents, grandmother and two-year-old daughter are still missing along with nearly 100 more residents of what used to be Xinmo village. Already, 15 people have been confirmed as dead.
“I only have some slight injuries. Physically, I’m okay. But mentally, it’s very difficult. The entire village was flattened, along with dozens of families,” Qiao said to media afterward.
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