Harrowing photographs show the moment a mother and her child were rescued from the remains of a building in Turkey- it collapsed 117 hours after the earthquake his Turkey.
The 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.
The infant can be seen lying down on a stretcher as she was carried to safety by a rescue team.
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
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
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 atleast 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.
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.’
This community effort is sadly not the case for all people as looters were caught trifling through damaged properties amid the fallout.
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
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
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- including their beloved animals
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.
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. 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
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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