Turkey’s emergency services rescue six people 68 hours after earthquakes

Civilians react emotionally as rescue operations continue unabated in Turkey following the earthquakes. – Zakariya Yahya/IMAGESLIVE via ZU / DPA

Turkish rescue teams have managed to rescue six people, including three children, nearly 68 hours after they were buried under the rubble of a destroyed building in the city of Kirijan following Monday’s earthquakes in the south of the country, near the Syrian border, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

After hearing sounds under the rubble during the day, Turkey’s National Medical Rescue Team worked all day to remove the debris to finally find the whereabouts of six people who were still alive 68 hours after the first of the earthquakes, Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Hours earlier, Turkish emergency services managed to pull Saziye Kalaagzi, an 80-year-old woman who was under a destroyed five-storey building in the town of Eroglu, just ten kilometers from the Syrian border, from the rubble.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), under the Turkish Interior Ministry, has indicated that some 98,100 search and rescue team members — including international teams and NGOs — are working in the affected areas.

The death toll from Monday’s earthquakes in southern Turkey, near the Syrian border, has already exceeded 15,000, according to the balances published to date, which include more than 12,000 dead in Turkish territory, 1260 dead in the areas of Syria under the control of the government of Bashar al-Assad and another 1,730 in the areas of Idlib and Aleppo provinces (northwest) that are in rebel hands.