Turkey and Greece earthquake: Girl, 4, rescued in Izmir after 91 hours trapped under rubble
A young girl has been pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in the Turkish city of Izmir, four days after a strong earthquake hit Turkey and Greece.
The girl was seen being taken into an ambulance, wrapped in a thermal blanket, as rescue workers and onlookers clapped and chanted “God is great”.
Media reports identified her as four-year-old Ayla Gezgin. She had been trapped inside the rubble for 91 hours since Friday’s quake struck in the Aegean Sea.
Rescuer Nusret Aksoy told reporters that he heard a child scream before locating the girl next to a dishwasher.
He said Ayla waved at him, told him her name and said that she was okay.
Her rescue came a day after a three-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl were also pulled out alive from collapsed buildings in Izmir.
Idil Sirin was saved from under a toppled building she had been trapped beneath for about 58 hours.
Shortly afterwards, three-year-old Elif Perincek was rescued some 65 hours after her apartment building also crumbled.
The number of people who have died following the earthquake has now reached 102, after emergency crews recovered more bodies elsewhere in Turkey’s third-largest city.
The US Geological Survey rated Friday’s quake at 7.0 magnitude, although other agencies in Turkey recorded it as less severe.
The vast majority of the deaths and nearly 1,000 injuries occurred in Izmir.
Two teenagers also died and 19 people were injured on the Greek island of Samos, near the quake’s epicentre in the Aegean Sea.
Officials said 147 quake survivors were still in hospital and three of them were in a serious condition.
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