In Hatay, southern Turkey, on February 17, 2023 after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. YASIN AKGUL / AFP
Three people were found alive under the rubble of a collapsed building in Hatay (south) on Saturday February 18, thirteen days after the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on February 6 and killed more than 40,000 people.
However, one of these three survivors died within minutes of being rescued, according to private Turkish broadcaster NTV. The other two people, including a child, were taken to the hospital. The ages and identities of the survivors are currently unknown.
The survivors were rescued from the rubble by Turkish and Kyrgyz rescue teams, according to Turkish media. Another survivor, a 45-year-old man, was found completely devastated on Friday evening in Hatay province near the Syrian border, which notably houses the city of Antakya.
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The latest official death toll from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria is 39,672. The chances of survival now seem slimmer around the quake’s epicenter further north, in mountainous regions like Kahramanmaras and even in snow-capped regions of Elbistan and Adiyaman, where the thermometer dropped to -15C overnight.
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