Turkey earthquake rescue continues almost 150 hours on; Rescuers pulled a seven-month-old baby from the rubble of a building in Hatay. Southern Turkey, 139 hours after Monday’s deadly earthquake.
Elsewhere in Hatay, a 12-year-old girl named Cudie was rescued after being trap for 147 hours.
State media also reported on a 13-year-old rescued in Gaziantep on Sunday, with rescuers saying: “You are a miracle.
The number of confirmed dead in Turkey and Syria has risen to more than 33,000.
Syria has not reported an updated death toll since Friday, so the real number is likely higher.
Hopes are fading that many more survivors will be find. The feeling on the ground is that the rescue operation is about to end.
The Syrian Civil Defense, or White Helmets.
The Syrian Civil Defense, or White Helmets. Which operate in rebel-held areas of the country, told the AZ24 News that the group’s search efforts were halting.
But tens of thousands of rescuers continued to search the affected areas of Turkey and Syria overnight.
The seven-month-old baby, Hamza, was rescue on Saturday, and pictures from local authorities show rescuers celebrating and hugging.
In a separate video by the Turkish Ministry of Health. A little girl with a neck brace was seen being carry on a stretcher in the same province on Sunday morning.
The footage shows a father and his daughter being drag out of a building in Hatay. “He wants two cups of good tea,” said one of the paramedics.
But when rescue operations are over, the focus is on recovery — and reckoning.
Turkey earthquake rescue continues almost 150 hours on; Thousands of buildings collapsed in the Earthquake. Raising questions about whether the effects of the natural disaster were exacerbat by human error.
Turkish President Erdogan has acknowledged shortcomings in the response. But during a visit to the disaster zone earlier this week, he appeared to blame fate.
“These things have always happened,” he said. “It’s part of the plan.”
Authorities said they issued 113 arrest warrants in connection with the construction of the collapsed buildings and arrested 12 people, including contractors.
Syrian aid agencies have criticized the international response to the disaster, with UN aid chief Martin Griffiths saying the world has “failed the people of northwest Syria”.
“They rightly feel abandoned. They are looking for international aid that has not arrived,” he said.
EARTHQUAKE; Ismail al Abdullah, a member of the White Helmets, told the AZ24 News Quentin Sommerville that the international community had “blood on its hands”.