Rescuers pull five survivors from ruins 204 hours after quake

Rescuers pull five survivors from ruins 204 hours after quake in Turkey – Portal

ISTANBUL, February 14 (Portal) – At least five survivors were rescued from the rubble of Turkey’s earthquake-hit areas on Tuesday, local media reported, eight days after the worst tremor in the country’s modern history.

A woman and a man were pulled from the ruins in the southern city of Hatay about 204 hours after the quake struck the region and parts of northwestern Syria, Turkish media said.

Earlier Tuesday, an 18-year-old named Muhammed Cafer was rescued from the rubble of a building in southern Turkey about 198 hours after last Monday’s earthquake, broadcaster CNN Turk said.

In Turkey’s Adiyman province, broadcasters showed rescue workers, carrying Cafer strapped to a stretcher, an oxygen mask on their face, and a health worker holding an IV bag, walking from the site of the collapsed building to a waiting ambulance.

[1/6] A general view shows damage after a deadly earthquake in Hatay, Turkey February 14, 2023. Portal/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Cafer could be seen flexing his fingers as he was carried away.

Shortly before, rescue workers pulled two brothers alive from the rubble of a block of flats in neighboring Kahramanmaras province.

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The state-run Anadolu News Agency identified them as 17-year-old Muhammed Enes Yeninar and his brother, 21-year-old Baki Yeninar, who was rescued after him.

Both were placed in ambulances and taken to the hospital. Her condition was unclear.

The combined death toll in Turkey and neighboring Syria from the disaster now exceeds 37,000.

Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun; writing from Daren Butler; Edited by Kim Coghill and Jonathan Spicer

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