‘It’s a miracle’: Girl, 3, rescued from collapsed building nearly three days after earthquake in Turkey

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  • November 2, 2020
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three-year-old girl has been rescued from a collapsed building in the western Turkish city of Izmir  nearly three days after a powerful earthquake in the Aegean Sea region which has killed at least 81 people.

Rescue efforts were continuing in eight buildings in Izmir where 79 people were killed, making Friday’s earthquake the deadliest in Turkey for nearly a decade. Two teenagers died on the Greek island of Samos, authorities said.

Television footage showed the girl, Elif Perincek, being pulled from the rubble and carried by rescue workers on a stretcher to an ambulance on Monday morning, 65 hours after the earthquake struck. She became the 106th person to be rescued alive, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Izmir, Turkey Earthquake

Elif’s two sisters and brother were rescued along with their mother on Saturday, but one of the children subsequently died.

“A thousand thanks to you, my God. We have brought out our little one Elif from the apartment block,” Mehmet Gulluoglu, head of Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), wrote on Twitter.

Muammer Celik of Istanbul’s search-and-rescue team told NTV television that he thought Elif was dead when he reached the child inside the wreckage.

“There was dust on her face, her face was white,” he said. “When I cleaned the dust from her face, she opened her eyes. I was astonished.”

Mr Celik said: “It was a miracle, it was a true miracle.”

Seven hours before Elif’s rescue, rescue workers freed a 14-year from the rubble. Rescue workers clapped in unison as Idil Sirin was carried to safety. Her eight-year-old sister, Ipek, did not survive, NTV television reported.

More than 3,500 tents and 13,000 beds have been supplied to provide temporary shelter, according to AFAD, which said 962 people had been injured in Friday’s earthquake.

More than 740 victims have so far been discharged from hospitals, AFAD said.

Istanbul-based Kandilli Institute said had a magnitude of 6.9, was centred in the Aegean Sea, northeast of Samos.