It is an image that moves and that summarizes the drama that has been experienced since the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on Monday. Mesut Hancer stares into space as he grasps the hand of her dead daughter, 15-year-old Irmak, who lies under huge concrete blocks from her home in the devastated city of Kahramanmaras, in Turkey.
The corpse of the teenager remains in the bed where he slept when the earthquake occurredaround 4 in the morning on Monday.
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In the photo, captured by Adem Altan, from the AFP agency, you can see Mesut Hancer holding her daughter's handwhich is on top of a mattress, trapped by the debris.
On a more open plane, all that is observed is destruction. Dilapidated buildings, smashed concrete, smashed bricks and furniture from what was once a home.
Many hours have passed since the earthquake and mesut He was still at the scene, clutching his daughter's hand, until the body can be pulled by rescuers from the rubble.
A Sky News commentator, Piers Morganposted the photo on social media, commenting, “OMG this picture is absolutely heartbreaking.”
Like the Mesut and his daughterAs the days go by, dramatic stories of earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria emerge, some with happy endings and others tragic.
On Tuesday, between debris of a collapsed building jindiresa town in northwestern Syriaa newborn girl was found who was crying and whose mother apparently gave birth while buried under rubble of the devastating earthquakefamily members and a doctor said, according to the AP agency.
The baby was still attached to her mother by the umbilical cord.call Afraa Abu Hadiyawho died.
have died from the earthquake that shook Turkey and Syria according to the last balance published on the morning of Wednesday, February 8
Dramatic video footage showed a man carrying the baby, who was covered in dust with her umbilical cord still dangling, after being rescued.
The girl is the only one in her family (mother, father and four children) who survived the collapse of the building where they livednear the border with Turkey.
The baby's uncle, Jalil al Suwadi, said relatives rushed to the scene when they heard about the collapse.
“We heard a voice while we were digging”, the uncle told the AFP agency. “We dusted off and found the baby with the umbilical cord.so we cut it off and my cousin took her to the hospital," she added.
Pediatrician Hani Maarouf said the baby arrived at his hospital in poor condition, with "various bruises and lacerations throughout the body."
“He also arrived with hypothermia due to the strong cold. We had to warm her up and give her calcium,” she reported.
The baby was photographed lying in an incubator and connected to a drip.
Mother, Afraa Abu Hadiya, she must have been conscious during the delivery and must have died soon after, added the doctor Hani Maarouf . He estimated that the girl was born several hours before she was found, given the sharp drop in her temperature. If the girl had been born shortly before the quake, she would not have survived so many hours in the cold, she added, according to AP.
The two-year-old girl and her mother
The emergency teams Turkey rescued on Wednesday morning at a mother and her two year old daughter, some 44 hours after being buried under the rubble of a destroyed building in the city of Kahramanmaras, reported Europa Press.
According to Turkey's state news agency Anatolia, search and rescue workers heard cries for help in the remains of one of the destroyed buildings on a street in the Mustafa Kemal district.
After meticulously removing the rubble, rescuers made it to Imed Sabha, a 33-year-old Syrian woman, and her two-year-old daughter Vafe Sabha. After their rescue, both were taken to the ambulance on a stretcher, and then transferred to a nearby hospital, Europa Press detailed.
Hours before, the firefighters from the Turkish city of Kayseri and who have traveled to kahramanmaras to assist in rescue efforts They managed to get Emin, a six-year-old boy who was under the remains of a destroyed building, out of the rubble.
a living family
On Wednesday, the Syrian White Helmetswhich operate in rebel-held areas, They rescued an entire family alive who was under the rubble of his house in the town of Besanya, in western Idlib, according to the EFE agency.
“A true miracle, the voices of joy reach the sky, an entire family is rescued from under the rubble of their home in the town of besanyain the west of Idlib”, indicated the White Helmets in a video broadcast on their official Twitter account.
In the video of more than 2 minutes, you can see how two rescuers get the father out first, while the other two children are successively saved from under the rubble among a crowd that came to the place to see the "miracle" and shouted "God it is big”, indicates EFE.
Live 54 hours under the rubble
A father and his son were rescued by firefighters after spending 54 hours trapped in the rubble of a building destroyed by the earthquake on Monday in the province of Adiyaman, Turkey, reported EFE.
The firefighters redoubled their work when they heard voices coming from some ruins and after hours of efforts managed to free Ahmet Aydin and his son Yusuf.
While in the Karamanmaras city center, a woman named Hilal Kocaoglu was also rescued alive on Wednesday morning. She was in the rubble of a collapsed hotel.
The Demirören New agency reported that rescuers working in the rubble of the hotel intensified their work after hearing sounds coming from the ruins and finally reached Kocaoglu.
The woman had injuries and was hospitalized after receiving first medical assistance.
In Hatay, another woman named Semra Et was also rescued after 53 hours under the rubble.