The fancy lights above jiggled as every other thing shook.

Screams followed, then pitch darkness. He could neither move nor speak.

His wife lay by his side – cold still. In vain he struggled beneath against the rubble.

“Anyone there?” He heard those voices but wept when they faded away.

© Ifeoma Ezekafor

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Continue with a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in any kind of natural disaster. We remember them all.