Survivors are still being pull from the rubble in Turkey; Survivors are still being pull from the rubble in Turkey and Syria, more than 24 hours after a powerful earthquake toppled thousands of houses and killed almost 4,900 people.
Among the survivors was a 14-year-old boy with a black eye who was conscious when paramedics carried him on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance in the southern Turkish city of Kahramanmaras.
“Finally! He’s been rescue,” a reporter told AZ24 News affiliate AZ24 News Turk, which broadcast the rescue live.
While the boy’s rescue offers some hope that others will survive the freezing cold, the death toll continues to rise as search terms for closed roads, damaged infrastructure and severe aftershocks hit the region.
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake occurred after 4:00 a.m. local time on Monday, causing disaster in zones on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border as a result of an earthquake spanning several hundred kilometers.
In Turkey, At Least 3,381 People Died and several thousand were injure, Yunus Sezer, the head of the country’s disaster management service, said at a press conference on Monday evening.
Survivors are still being pull from the rubble in Turkey; Aftershocks continue to rock the region, creating treacherous conditions for rescuers and survivors – dramatic video shows buildings collapsing hours after the initial quake, sending plumes of dust into the air as people run screaming.
The weather and scale of the disaster made it difficult for aid agencies to reach the affected areas, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, adding that helicopters could not take off on Monday due to bad weather.
According to AZ24 News Meteorologist Haley Brink, parts of Syria and Turkey have been hit by severe snowstorms recently, and the cold is expected to drop a few degrees by Wednesday.