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KILLARI, India (AP) - Soldiers
digging for the body of a toddler in the
rubble of her home found her alive
yesterday, four days after she was
buried by the earthquake that leveled
her village.
Eighteen-month-old Priyanka
Javalge was found under a cot buried
by heavy stones from the house that
qashed down around her. The frail,
wide-eyed little girl was conscious
but dehydrated.
"By all logical thinking, she should
have died," said Lt. Col. Anuj Kumar
Ghosh, an army doctor who treated
her. "It is nothing but a miracle."
Unofficial estimates of the death
toll 'from Thursday's earthquake in
southwest India range as high as
30,000. Authorities say they have
GOP reps.
prepare to
battle for
key position
GOP Leader Robert Michel's retire-
ment ignited an immediate race for a
successor yesterday, and the combat-
ive Newt Gingrich emerged as the
early front-runner. d
Michel, the easygoing Illinois law-
Oiaker who has led House Republicans
for 13 years, made an emotional fare-
well in hometown Peoria as he an-
nounced he would not seek a 20th term
im Congress next year.
The announcement of his depar-
ture comes at a time when Republi-
cans are still groping to mold an ef-
foctive role for themselves now that
tlieDemocrats control both the White
kuse and Congress.
The race to replace Michel is seen
asboth acontestof styles, andabattle
over who can best define and develop
strategy for the minority party in Con-
asoulof thepartyasmuchasit'sgoing
to be an issue of perceived style," said
GOP Rep. Peter Hoekstra, a first-term
representative from Michigan.
0 'Gingrich, the outspoken Georgian
whoholds theNo.2 GOP jobasminor-
it* whip, wouldn't comment on his
intentions yesterday. He scheduled an
anmouncement Thursday and told col-
leagues he would be running for
Michel's seat.
The election to replaceMichel will
probably be held in December 1994.
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identified 10,000 victims so far.
"We do not have a final figure
yet," Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha
Rao said yesterday, after touring
quake-stricken villages. "I hope to
God it is not what is being reported."
The earthquake destroyed all but
a few buildings in Manglur, the vil-
lage where Priyanka's family lived.
Her parents escaped with cuts and
On the nightof the quakePriyanka
was lying on the floor, and apparently
rolled under the cot where her parents
were sleeping. .
She was trapped there until her
father, Venkat Jawalge, returned to
the village from the hospital yester-
day. The 30-year-old farmer asked
soldiers to help him look for his

daughter's body in the wreckage of
his home.
"I didn't know whether to believe
it or not when the soldiers said
Priyanka is alive," he said.
Troops rushed Priyanka to an army
infirmary in Killari, five miles away,
where doctors gave her oxygen.
"We feltgreat," said Lt. Col. Vinod
Aurora, after pronouncing the toddler
in stable condition. "It is a once-in-a-
lifetime experience. We may never
see such a miracle in our careers
Javalge, his eyes brimming with
tears, clutched Priyanka to his chest
and mumbled, "Thank you, doctor
sahib," as an army jeep carried fa-
ther and daughter to a hospital for
further care.

Three babies were found alive
amid wreckage on Saturday, two days
after the earthquake.
Prime Minister Rao toured the
quake region yesterday and was be-
sieged by survivors demanding new
"Please make arrangements for our
housing," said Nirnaly Bhosle, who
lost his brother and sister-in-law in
the earthquake. "We are all sleeping
in the open now."
Rao told a news conference, "We
have to rebuild entire villages ... and
give people houses better than the
ones they lived in."
Officials began counting survivors
to try to determine how many people
actually diedin the earthquake, India's
worst in 50 years.

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