Earthquake in turkey : Teenage girl rescued from rubble 10 days later

More than 10 days after an earth­quake that killed more than 39,000 peo­ple in Turkey and neigh­bor­ing Syr­ia, a teenage girl is pulled from the rub­ble in Turkey and the fam­i­lies of the miss­ing are await­ing news of her safety.

Broad­cast­er TRT Haber reports that a 17-year-old girl has been res­cued in south­east­ern Turkey’s Kahra­man­maras province, 248 hours after a mag­ni­tude 7.8 earth­quake struck Turkey at mid­night on 6 February.

Footage showed her being car­ried on her stretch­er to an ambu­lance cov­ered in a gold­en win­ter blanket.

The dead­liest earth­quake in Turkey’s mod­ern his­to­ry has killed 36,187 peo­ple, offi­cials said. Thou­sands more have died in Syr­ia, and the quake exac­er­bates the human­i­tar­i­an cri­sis caused by 12 years of war.

Sev­er­al peo­ple were also con­firmed alive in Turkey on Wednes­day, but reports of such res­cues are becom­ing scarcer. Turk­ish and Syr­i­an author­i­ties have not yet announced how many peo­ple are still missing.

Human­i­tar­i­an assis­tance is need­ed as mil­lions of peo­ple become home­less in the freez­ing cold of winter.

In Kahra­man­maras, Turkey, a pho­to of two miss­ing chil­dren was tied to a tree near the apart­ment com­plex where they lived.

“My par­ents are dead,” said Bayram Nakar, who sur­vived the earth­quake. He wait­ed with oth­er masked locals as bull­doz­ers removed a huge pile of shat­tered con­crete and twist­ed met­al rods behind a tree.

He said the bod­ies of the chil­dren’s par­ents were still under the rub­ble. “My father’s name is Atti­la Sari­irdiz. Her body has not been found yet. When the exca­va­tor clears the rub­ble, we will find her parents.”

More than 4,300 after­shocks have hit the affect­ed areas since the first, accord­ing to Turkey’s Dis­as­ter and Emer­gency Admin­is­tra­tion (AFAD).

The Syr­i­an gov­ern­ment puts the death toll in its con­trolled areas at 1,414, which it says is the final number.

Most of the deaths in Syr­ia have occurred in the rebel-held north­west, but res­cuers say no sur­vivors have been found in the area since Feb­ru­ary 9 and efforts are under­way to res­cue sur­vivors. Focused.

With much of the region’s san­i­ta­tion infra­struc­ture dam­aged or unus­able, health author­i­ties face a dif­fi­cult task to keep peo­ple from get­ting sick.

Relief efforts in the north­west have been ham­pered by con­flict, and many feel aban­doned as aid is direct­ed to oth­er areas of the vast dis­as­ter area.

The World Health Orga­ni­za­tion (WHO) said Wednes­day it was par­tic­u­lar­ly con­cerned about the lives of peo­ple in the northwest.

Aid ship­ments from Turkey came to a com­plete halt short­ly after the earth­quake as routes used by the Unit­ed Nations were tem­porar­i­ly blocked.

Ear­li­er this week, Syr­i­an Pres­i­dent Bashar al-Assad approved the open­ing of two more aid cross­ings, more than a week after the earth­quake struck. The WHO is urg­ing the pres­i­dent to autho­rize the open­ing of more access points.

A spokesman for the Unit­ed Nations Office for the Coor­di­na­tion of Human­i­tar­i­an Affairs told Reuters that as of Thurs­day, 119 UN trucks had passed through the bor­der cross­ings of Bab al-Hawa and Bab al-Salam since the earth­quake struck. .

Aid con­sists of food, essen­tial med­i­cines, tents and oth­er shel­ter sup­plies, and, in areas with ongo­ing cholera out­breaks, cholera test kits.

On Wednes­day, the UK announced two new mea­sures to make it eas­i­er for human­i­tar­i­an agen­cies sup­port­ing earth­quake relief efforts to oper­ate in Syr­ia with­out vio­lat­ing sanc­tions imposed on the Assad regime and its sup­port­ers. announced that it will be licensed.

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