New Delhi. Miracles still continue to occur in the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. Today, even after 100 hours of devastation, relief and rescue teams have pulled 6 people alive from the rubble. Everyone was shocked to see this. It’s amazing to see so much charisma after the ravages of nature. That is why it is said that “jako rakhe saiyan maar sake na koi”… The way people come out of the rubble alive, even after so long, has raised the morale and confidence of the rescuers. A man has been brought out alive after 94 hours, who survived by drinking his own urine.
It is noteworthy that on Monday, two large tremors of 7.8 and 7.5 magnitude earthquakes have caused great destruction in Turkey and Syria and more than 21 thousand people have lost their lives. Rescuers in Turkey’s Iskenderun pulled six people alive on Friday morning after being buried under rubble for 101 hours. Murat Begul, a search and rescue worker, said huddled in the small space left inside the collapsed building helped the six men survive. All six people are relatives. The death toll from this earthquake has exceeded the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan, and the process of removing bodies from the rubble continues, so the death toll is expected to rise further.
He had to drink his own urine to live.
The devastation of the Turkey earthquake is heartbreaking. Four days after the quake, rescue teams pulled 17-year-old Adnan Muhammad Korkut alive from a tenement building in Gaziantep, the epicenter of the quake. He said that he was buried under rubble for 94 hours and survived by drinking his own urine. Korkut said: “Thank God they (rescuers) came.” His mother and others leaned in and kissed him as Korkut was loaded into an ambulance.
4-year-old boy found alive after 105 hours
Rescuers in Adiyaman, Turkey rescued a 4-year-old boy named Yogiz Komsu after nearly 105 hours of being buried in an earthquake. According to Haber Turk, who livestreamed the rescue operation, after the child was pulled out, efforts were underway to pull the mother out of the rubble. After rescuers removed the boy, the crowd was asked not to make any noises of joy, as the boy was in shock. The Haberturk television channel reported that nine people trapped in the rubble of a multi-story building in the city of Iskenderun have been identified, of which six people, including a woman, have been rescued. He said the building was only 200 meters from the Mediterranean Sea and narrowly escaped being inundated by high waves after the quake. More incidents of being pulled out of the rubble alive have also come to light. A German rescue team said it managed to pull a woman alive from the rubble of a house in Kirikhan after nearly 50 hours.
Possible to survive under rubble for more than a week.
Two teenage sisters were rescued in Kahramanmaras, the hardest hit by the quake. Experts say a person can survive in the rubble for a week or more, but the freezing cold makes the chances bleak. Significantly, there is a severe winter in the area and temporary morgues have been set up to store and identify the bodies. In many areas, people are still fighting for tents and food. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared in public on Friday for the first time since the earthquake. He visited Aleppo University Hospital with his wife Asma. He also met with rescuers in the earthquake-affected areas.
18 thousand dead in Turkey and more than 3 thousand dead in Syria
Turkey’s Disaster Management Agency has so far confirmed the deaths of 18,300 people and injuries to some 75,000 people due to the quake. The government has yet to disclose the number of people left homeless. At the same time, 3,300 people have been confirmed dead in the Syria earthquake, which together have killed a total of 21,600 people in the quake so far. In 2011, the number of people who lost their lives in the Fukishima earthquake and tsunami in Japan was 18,400. According to Turkey’s Environment and Urban Planning Minister Murat Kurum, some 12,000 buildings in the country have collapsed or are badly damaged.
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