Woman survives 15 days in China well

A woman has survived 15 days trapped down a well in central China, state media has reported.

Su Qixiu, 38, fell into the 4m-deep (12ft) abandoned well in Zhongfeng Village in Henan province on 1 September, Xinhua news agency reported.

Firefighters rescued her on Monday afternoon, the agency said.

She survived by eating raw corn and drinking rain water that fell into the well, the agency reported, citing her husband.

The well was surrounded by tall stalks of corn and hence hard to see, and the inside wall of the well too smooth to climb, the report said. Relatives searched for the missing woman but could not find her.

“Although Su did not have any obvious injuries, she still could not speak or eat. Function of her internal organs has not recovered, but she is in stable condition and receiving fluids,” Xinhua said.

In July, five people died after falling into a well in southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, state media said.

One farmer fell into the well in Longya village, followed by four people who tried to save him but also fell in.