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Tribal rescued weeks after tsunami

PORT BLAIR, JAN. 22. Weeks after the tsunami hit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a tribal of the Pillopanja area has been rescued from the area.

Michael Mangal was found alive by a party of four Nicobaris who were assisting police in tracing the missing or dead persons. While they were moving in the area of Lawfull Bay, they saw somebody waving a flag from Pillopanja. They immediately rushed there and rescued him, the Naval sources said.

He said he was taken by the first wave of tsunami into the sea and the second wave brought him back to the shore. He then took shelter in a nearby hilly area and when the sea became calm he went to the village, where he found no hutments and neighbours. He then retreated to the forest for fear of the sea and did not come to the shore. He said he survived all these days by eating coconut. — UNI

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