Six days after a devastating earthquake that claimed more than 25,000 lives, a particularly heart-wrenching sight shattered emotions Saturday as the hopes of survivors in Turkey were dashed.
His words may be difficult for many to understand, but the grief is all too obvious. He stood devastated as 17 bodies were pulled from a destroyed building in Hatay, Turkey, one by one.
The man caught on video lost all seven family members, rescuers said. In tears, he showed a WhatsApp profile photo of a family member killed in the disaster.
The tragedy, described as the worst the region has faced in more than a century, has left a trail of unspeakable pain and devastation in its wake.
Relief efforts are underway, with tens of thousands of workers from various countries rushing to the affected areas, including parts of India’s “Operation Dost”.
Sitting alone in the cold on a pile of bricks in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, a father holds the hand of his 15-year-old daughter, the only visible part of her body, crushed under the weight of collapsing concrete up.
The quake, which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and was followed by aftershocks, devastated communities in Turkey and Syria, leaving millions in dire need of aid.
Teams of the Indian Army and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) have been deployed to the affected areas.
In an extraordinary rescue operation, NDRF personnel together with Turkish army personnel rescued an 8-year-old girl from a collapsed building.
Just the day before, the same unit had rescued a 6-year-old girl from the same area.