Turkey-Syria earthquakes: Two rescued 12 days after quake

Local media reports that a man and woman were rescued after spending 296 hours buried under an apartment block.

A man stands on rubble, in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, in Antakya, Turkey February 17, 2023.
A man stands on rubble, in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, in Antakya, Turkey, on February 17, 2023 [Nir Elias/Reuters]

Turkish rescuers pulled three people alive from the rubble, 12 days after a massive earthquake claimed tens of thousands of lives, but the Turkish state news agency Anadolu later reported that one of them, a child, had died.

The man, woman and 12-year-old child were transferred to ambulances after spending 296 hours buried under the Kanatli apartment block in Antakya, the capital of Hatay province.

Footage showed teams carrying a man and a woman out on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

Anadolu later reported three of their children had died, including the 12-year-old.

More than 45,000 people have died and millions left without proper shelter in the aftermath of the earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria on February 6.

The total number of people killed in Turkey so far is 39,672, while the Syrian government and United Nations said more than 5,800 people have died there.

Teams have been finding survivors all week despite them being stuck for so long under the rubble in freezing weather, but their numbers have dropped to just a handful in the past few days.

Turkish rescuers on Friday pulled a 45-year-old man from rubble, several hours after others discovered three people, including a 14-year-old boy, alive under debris.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Ghana’s football player Christian Atsu was found dead under the building where he lived in southern Turkey, his Turkish agent said.

“We will not forget you, Atsu. Peace be upon you, beautiful person. There are no words to describe our sadness,” his Turkish club, Hatayspor, said on Twitter.

Many international rescue teams have left the vast earthquake zone, but domestic teams have continued to search through flattened buildings on Saturday hoping to find more survivors who defied the odds.

Source: News Agencies