Greece-Turkey earthquake: Teen rescued after spending 58 hours buried alive under rubble – World News

A teenage girl was pulled to safety after spending 58 hours buried alive under rubble following a devastating earthquake in Turkey.

The unnamed 14-year-old was discovered by rescuers in the city of Izmir on the Aegean coast under the ruins of the Emrah building, which collapsed in the 7.0 magnitude quake.

Footage from the scene shows rescuers applauding as the girl is carried to an ambulance.

Dozens of people, many fellow rescuers, crowd around the large crater to watch as the patient, wrapped in gold foil, is carried through on a stretcher.

It comes after Ahmet Citim, 70, was rescued after 33 hours.



Rescuers carried the girl to an ambulance
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Turkish authorities reported more deaths on Sunday, bringing the toll to 62, all in Izmir, while two teenagers died on the Greek island of Samos.

Citim, was rescued from one of 20 residential buildings destroyed in Izmir’s Bayrakli district, a former shantytown where older buildings vulnerable to earthquakes were being replaced by newer construction projects.

Television images showed that the collapsed buildings were older ones.



Footage shows a crowd cheering as the girl is pulled from the wreckage
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Rescue and emergency teams have been working through the wrecked buildings for two days and President Tayyip Erdogan said his government was “determined to heal the wounds of our brothers and sisters in Izmir before the cold and rains begin.”

More than 3,000 tents and 13,000 beds have been supplied to provide temporary shelter, according to Turkey’s disasters and emergency agency AFAD, which said 940 people had been injured in Friday’s earthquake.

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More than 700 victims have so far been discharged from hospitals, while eight remain in intensive care, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.



The 7.0 magnitude earthquake has devastated the Aegean Sea coast city
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Turkey is crossed by fault lines and is prone to earthquakes.

In 1999, two powerful quakes killed 18,000 people in northwestern Turkey.

Friday’s earthquake, which the Istanbul-based Kandilli Institute said had a magnitude of 6.9, was centered in the Aegean Sea, northeast of Samos.



The girl is seen on a stretcher
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Rescuers slowly moved through the huge crowd
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Inci Okan, 16, was trapped under the rubble of the same 8-storey building as the elderly man before being rescued 17 hours after the strong quake, along with her dog Fistik, which means Pistachio.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca and National Medical Rescue Team (UMKE) member Edanur Dogan visited Okan at hospital.

Emergency worker Dogan had held the girl’s hand while rescue teams removed the debris above her.

“I am very happy. Thankfully my father was not at home. My father couldn’t fit there. He would hurt his head. I am tiny. I am short so I squeezed in and that’s how I was rescued. We stayed home with my dog. Both of us are well,” Okan said from her hospital bed.

Okan promised to play the violin for Dogan after being discharged from hospital.

“I will play the violin for you, I promise.”

Seher Perincek, 38, was also pulled to safety by teams of rescuers after a frantic search – but one of her children remains missing.

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The mum, who was rescued after 24 hours, said: “I’m fine, I was rescued because only one of my feet was pinned. That foot really hurt.”