Disasters & Accidents

Rescuers pull girl, 4, alive from Izmir rubble

Izmir, Turkey, Nov 3 (efe-epa).- Turkish rescuers pulled a four-year-old girl alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in the city of Izmir four days after a powerful earthquake struck the Aegean Sea.

A member of the rescue team told local station NTV they found Ayda Gezgin in a hole between the kitchen counter and the washing machine in the destroyed apartment.

“We heard a voice and we asked who was there, she responded: ‘I’m Ayda, I’m ok.’

“We told her, ‘wait, we will get you out’ and made our way to where she was,” he added.

He said the girl was uninjured.

“Nothing had happened to her. She was sitting down waiting.”

Ersin Çoban, a doctor who accompanied the young girl in the ambulance, told local media later that she showed no signs of injury.

It took the rescuers 90 minutes to remove the girl from the collapsed apartment.

Search teams believe her mother remains under the rubble. Her father and brother were saved and are with Ayda.

Ayda’s rescue comes a day after a three-year-old girl was pulled alive from a collapsed building.

The deadly 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck just to the north of the Greek Aegean island of Samos on Friday and was felt as far away as Bulgaria.

It collapsed around a dozen buildings in Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city, where 102 people died as a result. The quake killed two people in Samos.

Over a thousand people were injured during the quake and 107 people have been rescued from collapsed buildings in Izmir. EFE-EPA

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