A boy from the Philippines managed to survive a landslide that buried his village in the province of Leyte by hiding inside a refrigerator.
Tropical storm Megi, known as “Agaton” in the Philippines, caused major landslides over villages in the province of Leyte, burying around 210 homes days after it made landfall in the region on April 11.
The 11-year-old boy was discovered inside the fridge by local authorities during a rescue operation in the village of Kantagnos, Baybay City.
The unnamed child was reportedly at home with his family on April 15 when a landslide ravaged their community for the second time in two days..
According to the boy’s uncle, a relative rushed to try to save the child but he refused the rescue. As the landslide was imminent, he opted to hide inside the refrigerator instead in an attempt to save himself.
The boy sustained multiple fractures and is now recovering at a hospital, but his parents were both killed and buried in the landslide.
As of this writing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 224 deaths, 147 missing and 8 injured as a result of the natural disaster.