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Indonesian girl swept away in 2004 tsunami 'reunited with parents'

Jamaliah hugs the 14 year old believed to be her missing daughter Raudhatul Jannah. Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

An Indonesian girl who was swept away during the devastating 2004 tsunami has been reunited with her parents, according to the local Metro TV station.

Raudhatul Jannah was four years old when she was said to have been carried off by a huge wave that struck her family home in Aceh province on December 26, 2004.

Jannah's mother, Jamaliah, said she "prayed to God every night" that the young girl was safe and that they would see her again, but they had begun to give up hope.

Jamaliah shows a picture of her daughter before she was swept away by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

It was then that Jamaliah's brother reportedly saw a girl walking to school in another village who looked remarkably like Jannah.

After asking who the teenager was, he was told the girl had been found 80 miles (129km) away after the tsunami by a fisherman.

She was brought back to the village where an elderly woman raised her, naming her Wenni, AFP reported.

The 14-year-old girl was raised by an elderly lady who named her Wenni. Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

"God has given us a miracle," Jamaliah tearfully said after meeting the 14 year old.

"My heart beat so fast when I saw her. I hugged her and she hugged me back and felt so comfortable in my arms," she added.

Jannah's brother Arif Pratama, who also disappeared during the tsunami, has not been found.