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Father carries body of his dead child as death toll passes 25,000 after Turkey earthquake

Bynewsmagzines

Feb 11, 2023
A greiving father carried his the body of his child after he died in the Islahiye district of Gaziantep city was brought down to ruins after the two earthquakes


Harrowing photographs show a heartbroken and grieving father carrying his child’s body at their funeral as more than 25,000 people were killed because of the earthquakes which  shook Turkey.

The infant, Ecrin, died after his home in the Islahiye district of Gaziantep city was brought down to ruins after the two earthquakes.

In Hatay, 2-year-old Aliye Dagli was rescued from the remains of his collapsed home-117 hours after Turkey was hit.

Other heart-wrenching photographs show Ozlem Yilmaz, 35, and her 6-year-old daughter, Hatice, being carried to safety in the arms of a rescuer in Adiyaman, in a southeastern region devastated by Monday’s earthquake.

The group of rescuers risked their lives to save the family as one man, who was not wearing any protective equipment, crawled into the cave after heavy-duty machinery forced an opening in the rubble.

A greiving father carried his the body of his child after he died in the Islahiye district of Gaziantep city was brought down to ruins after the two earthquakes

A greiving father carried his the body of his child after he died in the Islahiye district of Gaziantep city was brought down to ruins after the two earthquakes

In Hatay, 2-year-old Aliye Dagli, was rescued from the remains of his collapsed home-117 hours after Turkey was hit

In Hatay, 2-year-old Aliye Dagli, was rescued from the remains of his collapsed home-117 hours after Turkey was hit

In Hatay, 2-year-old Aliye Dagli, was rescued from the remains of his collapsed home-117 hours after Turkey was hit

More than 25,000 people have been killed as result of the two earthquakes which shook multiple provinces

More than 25,000 people have been killed as result of the two earthquakes which shook multiple provinces

More than 25,000 people have been killed as result of the two earthquakes which shook multiple provinces

The infant can be seen lying down on a stretcher as she was carried to safety by a rescue team. 

A rescue volunteer said they received a phone call from their university lecturer pleading them to save her from under a building, 

By morning the lecturer stopped responding to their calls and they have not yet been able to find her.  

The volunteer said: ‘ ‘There is chaos, rubble and bodies everywhere.

‘There are still collapsed buildings untouched in the side streets.’ 

Other rescue missions have also taken part across the devastated country as pictures show the happy moment when one traumatised-looking black and white cat was rescued from Hatay- four and a half hours away. 

Ozlem Yilmaz, 35, and her 6-year-old daughter Hatice were carried to safety in the arms of a rescuer in Adiyaman

Ozlem Yilmaz, 35, and her 6-year-old daughter Hatice were carried to safety in the arms of a rescuer in Adiyaman

Ozlem Yilmaz, 35, and her 6-year-old daughter Hatice were carried to safety in the arms of a rescuer in Adiyaman

The infant survived and can be seen lying on a stretcher as she was carried to safety

The infant survived and can be seen lying on a stretcher as she was carried to safety

 The infant survived and can be seen lying on a stretcher as she was carried to safety

Across Turkey, more than 20,665 were killed in addition to atleast 3,500 in Syria

Across Turkey, more than 20,665 were killed in addition to atleast 3,500 in Syria

Across Turkey, more than 20,665 were killed in addition to atleast 3,500 in Syria

The death toll has risen as more than 24,150 people have been killed- across Turkey, more than 20,665 were killed in addition to at least 3,500 in Syria.

About 80,000 people are being treated in hospitals while 1.05 million are left homeless. 

Thousands of people across the country are rescued every day as more 31,000 rescuers from hundreds of Turkish communities pulled together to help find each other’s loved ones. 

In Turkey’s largest city, Diyarbakir, around 67 people clawed their way to safety in the last 24 hours after being trapped under the devastating rubble of their home caused by the 7.7 magnitude quake.

A heart-wrenching video showed two women who were pulled from the ruins in the province of Kahramanmaras.  

Menekse Tabak, 70, was wrapped in a blanket as a group of rescuers lifted the woman above their shoulders to safety on a stretcher. 

The search team took her to a nearby ambulance to be treated for any injuries after she waited days for help.

The video later showed  55-year-old Masallah Cicek, who was also injured, being taken to medical assistance after she also was pulled from the debris and was trapped and crushed for days without food or water. 

A 13-year-old boy was also rescued from under a collapsed building in Hatay as the brave youngster was found 128 hours after the first earthquake.

While search and rescue parties are doing all they can, some people have been left heartbroken after the death of many family and friends. 

Harrowing photographs showed the grief and suffering people are facing across the country as a woman from Kahramanmaras was seen mourning the death of a victim hidden under a red blanket. 

In the background the devastation caused by the two quakes can be seen as  a digger can be spotted trying to clear the rubble of a collapsed home.

A woman mourned the death of a loved one after Kahramanmaras home were left in pieces

A woman mourned the death of a loved one after Kahramanmaras home were left in pieces

A woman mourned the death of a loved one after Kahramanmaras home were left in pieces

A digger was spotted trying to clear the rubble of a collapsed buidling as families mourned around them

A digger was spotted trying to clear the rubble of a collapsed buidling as families mourned around them

A digger was spotted trying to clear the rubble of a collapsed buidling as families mourned around them

Turkish Vice President, Fuat Oktay said: ‘Our main goal is to ensure that they return to a normal life by delivering permanent housing to them within one year and that they heal their pain as soon as possible.’

The country has now opened its’ Alican border crossing after 35 years. 

Trucks are using the crossing to transport humanitarian aid from Turkey’s eastern neighbour, Armenia. 

It is not just people coming together to help one another find their families as rescued pets have also joined the search. 

After being saved, Kopuk the dog was spotted helping his community after a rescue team saved his life and gave him medical treatment. 

His paws, which were covered in cuts and wounds, were stitched and bandaged with yellow casts. 

Their family home collapsed 117 hours after the earthquake his Turkey cuasing devastation across the city

Their family home collapsed 117 hours after the earthquake his Turkey cuasing devastation across the city

Their family home collapsed 117 hours after the earthquake his Turkey cuasing devastation across the city

The team used heavy-duty machinery to break way into the rubble in hope to rescue the families being crushed under the building

The team used heavy-duty machinery to break way into the rubble in hope to rescue the families being crushed under the building

The team used heavy-duty machinery to break way into the rubble in hope to rescue the families being crushed under the building

Other rescue missions have also taken part across the devastated country as pictures show the happy moment when one traumatised-looking black and white cat was rescued from Hatay

Kopuk the dog was spotted helping his community after a rescue team saved his life and gave him medical treatment

Kopuk the dog was spotted helping his community after a rescue team saved his life and gave him medical treatment

His paws, which were covered in cuts and wounds, were stitched and bandagaed with yellow casts

His paws, which were covered in cuts and wounds, were stitched and bandagaed with yellow casts

It is not just people coming together to help one another find their families as rescued pets have also joined the search

Trucks were spotted crossing the Alican crossing to transport humanitarian aid from Armenia

Trucks were spotted crossing the Alican crossing to transport humanitarian aid from Armenia

Trucks were spotted crossing the Alican crossing to transport humanitarian aid from Armenia

A mother dog and her two puppies were  saved from under the remains of a building in Diyarbakir.

The dogs, waited pateintly for help as they were trapped for more than 124 hours- the breed of the animals are unknown.

All the dogs are fit and healthy as rescue teams showed the family some much needed love and attention.  

Families across the country have been re-united with their pets as another cat was found in Kahramanmaras. 

The brown and white chunky cat looked anxious and worried as her  rescue team try to check for any injuries.

A mother dog and her two puppies were saved from under the remains of a building in Diyarbakir

A mother dog and her two puppies were saved from under the remains of a building in Diyarbakir

A mother dog and her two puppies were saved from under the remains of a building in Diyarbakir

The three black and brown dogs were found fit and well with no injuries

The three black and brown dogs were found fit and well with no injuries

The three black and brown dogs were found fit and well with no injuries 

The dog family stayed together as they waited 124 hours to be rescued

The dog family stayed together as they waited 124 hours to be rescued

The dog family stayed together as they waited 124 hours to be rescued 

The brown and white chunky cat was found in Kahramanmaras. She looked anxious and worried as her rescue team try to check for any injuries

The brown and white chunky cat was found in Kahramanmaras. She looked anxious and worried as her rescue team try to check for any injuries

 The brown and white chunky cat was found in Kahramanmaras. She looked anxious and worried as her rescue team try to check for any injuries

This community effort is sadly not the case for all people as looters were caught trifling through damaged properties amid the fallout. 

These selfish looters were not taken lightly by greiving families as footgage emerged of Turkish police and enraged bystanders rounding up and beating the thugs.

There were reports of quake victims forced to break into supermarkets and loot for food and shelter, lest they succumb to the sub-zero temperatures with no supplies to their name.

But as with any natural disaster, for every victim in need there are plenty of opportunistic thieves who seize the chance to take what they can, wherever they can amid the chaos.

Several clips circulating on social media showed a string of suspected looters, many of whom were far too well groomed and crisply dressed to have been caught up in the quake, being arrested by police.

They were later forced to kneel in rows by their captors and some who protested were kicked or pinned down.

Other clips saw furious citizens handing out slaps and a few kicks before the thieves were marched away in disgrace by military men.

In some cases the beatings went beyond the limit for the security officers who were forced to intervene to prevent the accused from sustaining serious injuries at the hands of vigilantes.

Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan, promised to start work on rebuilding cities ‘within weeks’, saying hundreds of thousands of buildings were now uninhabitable, while issuing stern warnings against any people involved in looting in the quake zone. 

Angry citizens reeling from the quake beat many of the looters who they'd helped round up alongside security officials

Angry citizens reeling from the quake beat many of the looters who they'd helped round up alongside security officials

One man is seen kicking and standing on the head of one looter. It is unclear whether he is a vigilante or a security official

One man is seen kicking and standing on the head of one looter. It is unclear whether he is a vigilante or a security official

Angry citizens reeling from the quake beat many of the looters who they’d helped round up alongside security officials. One man is seen kicking and standing on the head of one looter. It is unclear whether he is a vigilante or a security official

A man is seen lying on the floor and is hit in the face

A man is seen lying on the floor and is hit in the face

The footage then shows others on the ground, with blood splattered on the pavement

The footage then shows others on the ground, with blood splattered on the pavement

A man is seen lying on the floor and is hit in the face. The footage then shows others on the ground, with blood splattered on the pavement

Military officers lead one suspected looter away from a damaged property in a headlock with his arms pinned behind his back

Military officers lead one suspected looter away from a damaged property in a headlock with his arms pinned behind his back

Military officers lead one suspected looter away from a damaged property in a headlock with his arms pinned behind his back 

 New graves covered a hillside outside Gaziantep, some marked with flowers or small Turkish flags flapping in the breeze.

A young woman squatted next to one, holding her face. By another, a woman broke down in sobs as a boy tried to comfort her. Beyond them, rows of freshly dug graves were laid out, waiting to be filled as the city prepared to bury its dead.

Among the living, survivors feared disease, with basic infrastructure smashed.

Rescue worker from the southeastern province of Sanliurfa, Gizem said: ‘If people don’t die here under the rubble, they’ll die from injuries, if not they will die from infection. There is no toilet here. It is a big problem,’

The initial 7.8-magnitude night-time tremor, followed hours later by a slightly smaller one, wiped out entire sections of major Turkish cities in a region filled with millions of people who have fled the civil war in Syria and other conflicts.

The later 7.5-magnitude quake struck at 1.24pm (10.24 GMT) two-and-a-half miles southeast of the town of Ekinozu and around 60 miles north of the first quake that has wrought devastation across Turkey and Syria.

Monday’s first quake was centred north of Gaziantep, Turkey, which is about 60 miles from the Syrian border, has a population of bout 2 million, and is home to large numbers of Syrian refugees.

It struck at 4.17 am local time (01.17 GMT) at a depth of about 11 miles, the US Geological Survey said. A strong 6.7 aftershock rumbled about 10 minutes later, causing more havoc. Turkey’s own agency said 40 aftershocks were felt.

GMT) at a depth of about 11 miles, the US Geological Survey said. A strong 6.7 aftershock rumbled about 10 minutes later, causing more havoc. Turkey’s own agency said 40 aftershocks were felt.

Buildings were reported to have collapsed as far south as Syria’s cities of Aleppo and Hama to Turkey’s Diyarbakir – more than 200 miles north-east.

Tremors from the quake – which lasted about a minute and could be Turkey’s largest ever – were felt as far away as Greenland, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland said. People also reported feeling tremors in Egypt, Lebanon and also Cyprus, while a tsunami warning was briefly issued by authorities in Italy.

Orhan Tatar, an official from the Turkish disaster agency, told reporters that the two quakes were independent of each other. It was not immediately clear how much damage had been done by the second quake, which like the first was felt across the region and endangered rescuers struggling to pull casualties from the rubble.

After a 3.8-magnitude earthquake struck Buffalo, New York in the United States, meteorologist Tyler Metcalf sugested on Twitter that the Turkey earthquake could have ‘destabilised faults across the world.’

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management agency said there had been 1,541 fatalities as a result of the quake, with a further 7,600 injured, across ten Turksih provinces. The president earlier described it as the country’s largest disaster since 1939 (when 33,000 people were killed in the Erzincan earthquake).

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