4-year-old girl rescued 91 hours after Turkey earthquake
Published: 03:14 PM, 3 November 2020
A four-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble of a collapsed building on Tuesday 91 hours after a powerful earthquake hit Turkey's western province of Izmir, as the death toll rose to 102 on Tuesday.
“We have witnessed a miracle in the 91st hour,” Izmir mayor Tunc Soyer tweeted. “Rescue teams pulled out four-year-old Ayda alive. Along with the great pain we have experienced, we have this joy as well.”
The girl was seen being taken into an ambulance, wrapped in a thermal blanket, amid the sounds of applause and chants of “God is great!” from rescue workers and onlookers.
Rescuer Nusret Aksoy told reporters that he heard a child scream before locating the girl next to a dishwasher. He said Ayda waved at him, told him her name and said that she was OK.
Her rescue came a day after a three-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl were also pulled out alive from collapsed buildings in Izmir.
The 7.0 magnitude quake that struck in the Aegean Sea last week killed 102 people and injured 994 people, the country’s disaster authority known by its Turkish acronym AFAD said.
It added that rescue workers in Izmir province were continuing to search in five buildings for an unknown number of missing individuals.
Turkey has reported more than 1,464 aftershocks following the earthquake, including 44 that were above four in magnitude. After dozens of buildings were damaged and the risk of repeated tremors, thousands of residents were forced to spend the fourth night in tents in Izmir.
The earthquake is the deadliest in Turkey this year after another disaster hit the eastern provinces of Elazig and Malatya in January, killing more than 40 people.
Turkey is crossed by fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. More than 500 people were killed in a 2011 quake in the eastern city of Van, while another in January this year killed 41 people in the eastern province of Elazig. In 1999, two powerful quakes killed 18,000 people in northwestern Turkey.