Woman rescued after surviving 104 hours under Turkey quake rubble

Rescuers pulled a woman alive out of the rubble of a collapsed building in Turkey on Friday, prompting cheers from onlookers 104 hours after she was buried by the huge earthquake that wrought death and destruction across the region

"Now I believe in miracles," rescue team leader Steven Bayer, said after crews carefully lifted 40-year-old Zeynep Kahraman on a stretcher past shattered blocks of concrete and twisted metal into an ambulance in the town of Kirikhan

"You can see the people crying and hugging each other

It’s such a huge relief that this woman under such conditions came out so fit

It’s an absolute miracle," he said

Kahraman lay still, strapped into the stretcher with her arms across her chest, her eyes shielded from the sudden light by dark glasses

Her younger sister Zuebeyde looked on and hugged a worker from the German International Search and Rescue (ISAR) team

The woman pulled through

She didn’t give up," rescue dog handler Tamara Reither said as crowds applauded

Also read: Rescues provide glimmer of hope among quake ruins as toll tops 21,000 "We are all so grateful that she is lying in this ambulance now

I have no words

” Kahraman's family told Reuters this week they had waited two days for rescuers to arrive after Monday's quake

The German workers made contact with Zeynep while she was still deep inside the rubble and kept her hydrated through a hose

At one point they helped Zuebeyde climb down a ladder close to her sister's position to speak to her

The combined death toll stood at 21,000 in southern Turkey and northwest Syria on Friday morning, on the fifth day after the deadliest quake in the region in decades

Hundreds of thousands more people have been left homeless and short of food in bleak winter conditions, desperate for a multi-national relief effort to alleviate their suffering


Date:11-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link