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Another miracle after the earthquake in Turkey: a 70-year-old woman was rescued under the rubble after 212 hours

The victim was buried for almost nine days in the remains of a nine-story building in the city of Gaziantep.

More than a week after the tragic earthquake that devastated large parts of southeastern Turkey, the emergency services still manage to rescue people from the rubble. This time it was the turn of a 70-year-old woman, who spent 212 hours buried under the remains of a destroyed building in the city of Gaziantep.

After an intensive effort by the Turkish search teams, Fatma Gungor70, was pulled out alive from the ruins of a seven-story building and taken to a hospital for medical attention.

After the rescue, Gungor’s relatives – who were waiting around the remains – hugged and thanked the search and rescue teams for bringing the woman, who was carrying almost nine days buried.

The truth is that the rescue task becomes more difficult as each hour passes, since the standard time that a human being can be without food or water intake in disasters like this is 72 hours.




Rescue teams are working non-stop in Turkey. Photo: AP

The earthquake already caused more than 35,500 deaths in Turkey and more than 3,700 among the figures offered by the health authorities of the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad and those of the rebels in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo (northwest), according to various balances published during the last hours.

Other miraculous rescues

Six and a half days after the earthquake devastated huge regions of southeastern Turkey, rescue teams still managed to pull people alive from the rubble on Sunday. Some, even, in a surprising state of integrity.

In the midst of a devastating scenario and freezing cold, tens of thousands of local and foreign rescue workers work among the ruins in search of signs of life. And although according to the experts time is running out, there are still survivors.

One of the last was that of an eight-year-old boy who was taken out wounded but alive in the town of Nurdagi, in the province of Gaziantep, after passing 155 hours among the rubble.

A young man was rescued alive this Sunday under the ruins of a building in Adiyaman, Turkey, after last Monday's earthquake.  Photo: AP


A young man was rescued alive this Sunday under the ruins of a building in Adiyaman, Turkey, after last Monday’s earthquake. Photo: AP

Shortly before, teams had pulled two sisters, ages 22 and 28, from a collapsed building in Adiyaman, northeast of the epicenter, after 152 hours caught.

Another girl, three years old, it also lasted almost 155 hours and was saved this Sunday in Antioquia, one of the cities most affected by the quake, where the old town was practically completely destroyed.

Just an hour earlier, a 35-year-old man in the same city came out alive after five hours of work, as well as an 85-year-old woman, trapped for 152 hours in a space of 30 centimetersbut safe and sound.

A baby was rescued alive in the Turkish city of Hatay this Sunday.  Photo: REUTERS


A baby was rescued alive in the Turkish city of Hatay this Sunday. Photo: REUTERS

a seven month old baby named Hamza was rescued alive more than 140 hours after the earthquake in the province of Hatay (southern Turkey) and the teenager Esma Sultan, 13, was saved in neighboring Gaziantep, according to state media.

In the same city, a 32-year-old teacher was saved, who after 140 hours in the rubble did not hesitate to ask her rescuers for a glass of hot tea, reported the Turkish public broadcaster TRT.

A twelve-year-old girl in the town of Nizip, in Gaziantep province, who had survived 147 hours under ruins, was also rescued alive.

With information from EFE and AFP.

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