Three days after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey, a tiny baby, her mother and her grandmother are pulled to safety
Three days after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey, a tiny baby, her mother and her grandmother are pulled to safety.
Two week old Azra Karaduman was pulled from the wreckage of a collapsed building in the town of Ercis in Turkey following Sunday’s earthquake which has amassed a death toll of almost 500 people.
Rescuers in the eastern town pulled the baby girl to safety along with her mother and grandmother who are thought to have survived due to a bakery at the groud floor of the apartment building where they were when the 7.2-magnitude quake struck.
The child is said to be in good health and was handed over to emergency staff wrapped in a blanket. She was flown to a hospital in Ankara and her mother and grandmother were freed hours later to crowds of applause.
Azra’s father is also thought to have been in the building but it is not known if he survived.
The death toll has now reached close to 500 with three times as many injured. There is no power or water in the affected area and aid workers say emergency housing can still not be found for about half of those who need it.
Rescuers in Ercis freed nine more people but many more are feared trapped in the rubble and with night-time temperatures hovering above freezing the situation is becoming all the more urgent.