Rescue workers and medics remove a person from a collapsed building in Antakya, Turkey, Wednesday (15/2/2023). Photos/Aawsat
ANKARA – A teenage girl was pulled alive from the rubble on Turki on Thursday (16/2/2023) more than 10 days after a devastating earthquake hit the country. More than 42,000 people in Turkey and neighboring Syria are reported to have died as a result of the disaster.
The 17-year-old boy was rescued in Turkey’s southeastern Kahramanmaras province, reported TRT Haber, 248 hours since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook in the dead of night on February 6.
Footage shows him being carried on a stretcher to an ambulance covered in a gold thermal blanket.
Authorities say the number of people killed by the deadliest earthquake in Turkey’s modern history has risen to 36,187. In Syria, where earthquakes have exacerbated a humanitarian crisis caused by 12 years of war, the reported deaths are 5,800 – a figure that has not changed much in days.
While several people were also found alive in Turkey on Wednesday, reports of such rescues are becoming increasingly frequent. Authorities in Turkey and Syria have not announced how many people are still missing.
Millions of people are in need of humanitarian assistance after being left homeless in near-freezing winter temperatures.
In the city of Kahramanmaras, Turkey, photo of two missing boys tied to a tree near the block of flats where they lived.
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“Their parents are dead,” said earthquake survivor Bayram Nacar, who stood waiting with other local men wearing masks as excavators cleared a large pile of crushed concrete and bent metal rods behind a tree.
He said the bodies of the boy’s parents were still under the rubble.