Three survivors of the earthquakes last February 6 in Turkey They have been rescued this Friday after having spent more than 260 hours under the rubble, while the official number of deaths in the country is already at least 38,000.
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The three rescues took place in the city of Antioquia, one of the most devastated by the 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude tremors, which have affected a region of about 100,000 square kilometers in the southeast of the country, and have also left about 4,000 dead in Syria.
Mehmet Ali Sakiroglu26 years old, and Mustafa Avci34, were pulled alive from a collapsed building in a northwestern district of Antioch, while around the same time, in a neighboring neighborhood, rescue teams freed Osman Halebíye, a 12-year-old boy from a Syrian family.
The three had spent 261 hours in the rubble, nearly 11 full days.
The Turkish emergency service Afad has updated the death toll registered until last midnight, already confirming 38,044 victims, but it is a provisional balance, since various estimates predict that the final balance is close to or above 100,000.
The quake has also left more than 108,000 injured, a figure that includes all the people who have sought hospital care in connection with the disaster, and more than 216,000 people have left the affected provinces.
Among these displaced people, a new tragedy occurred this morning, when a building caught fire in the province of Konya in central Anatolia, causing the death of 7 people who had been saved from the earthquake.