28,000 dead, 6,000 buildings collapsed, hundreds of aftershocks – Turkey is reeling from the aftermath of Monday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake. But amidst the devastation and despair, stories of miraculous survival keep coming.
A two-month-old baby was rescued from under the rubble in Hatay, Turkey, yesterday as crowds cheered and applauded. The child was found alive nearly 128 hours after the earthquake.
Thousands of rescue workers scoured flattened communities even as cold weather deepened the misery of millions of people in desperate need.
A two-year-old girl, a six-month-old pregnant woman and a 70-year-old woman were among those rescued five days after the quake struck, Turkish media reported.
Monday’s 7.8-magnitude quake, along with several powerful aftershocks in Turkey and Syria, is the world’s seventh deadliest natural disaster this century, approaching the 2003 quake in neighboring Iran that killed 31,000 people.
The death toll in Turkey so far stands at 24,617 in the country’s deadliest quake since 1939. More than 3,500 people have died in Syria, and the death toll in the country has not been updated since Friday.