According to rescuers, a woman who tossed her baby to safety after mudslides and floods hit her home in China’s Henan Province was found dead.
The baby had “been flung to a higher spot by her mother,” an eyewitness named Zhao told China’s Southern Metropolis Daily.
The incident occurred during a landslide in Henan’s Wangzongdian Village. According to reports, the baby, a girl, was rescued Wednesday after spending more than 24 hours under rubble.
“I heard the baby’s voice, and at that moment the rescuers had just arrived and managed to save the child,” Zhao said, according to the BBC.
Video of the rescue shows workers stooping into a cavernous area as they hear a baby’s cry. The infant is believed to be no more than three to months old, according to the BBC.
The mother’s body was discovered on Thursday. According to the Beijing Youth Daily, the victim was discovered in a frozen position, indicating that she was in the process of hoisting herself when she died.
“She had lifted up her child just at that crucial moment, and that’s why the baby girl lived,” a rescuer with the surname Yang said, according to Chinese media reports.
Rescuers continued their work on Friday in the aftermath of what could be one of central China’s worst natural disasters.
The city of Zhengzhou has downgraded its emergency response level but other parts of Henan Province were preparing for heavy rain, the South China Morning Post reported.
Xinhua reported 3,000 military officers were working in 10 danger zones in Zhengzhou.
Henan has reported 51 deaths amid the evacuation of 400,000 people from their homes. The province is one of the most densely populated areas and is home to more than 90 million people.