The rescue mission for the earthquake survivors entered its final hours on Monday. The earthquake is known to be the most lethal in the country’s modern history.
A young 6-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble of a southern Turkey apartment building over a week after the massive earthquake. The young girl, Miray was trapped under the ruins of an apartment block for 178 hours (seven and a half days). Miray was attached to a stretcher and carried away by the rescue workers. According to sources, the teams on the ground were also hoping to find her older sister.
The video of her rescue showed all the workers cheering and shouting God is great. This particular incident took place on Monday in Adiyaman, a southern Turkish city. Many other people were saved on the same day. This included a 12-year-old boy who was trapped for 182 hours. Many other people were saved on Monday, including a 13-year-old boy trapped for 182 hours.
As the death toll surpasses 35,000, however, there are fewer rescues. This is partly because the human body has limits on how long it can stay alive without water. A specialist in emergency medicine told sources that the trapped person's ability to breathe and the severity of their injuries are added factors to consider.
The freezing temperatures in both Turkey and Syria, according to Professor Tony Redmond, are a double-edged sword. He explained how when a person is very cold, the blood vessels shrink and he can last slightly longer from the injuries. However, getting too cold is harmful in itself. The United Nations humanitarian chief has warned that the number of deaths in Turkey and neighboring Syria could double, with the death toll expected to rise dramatically.
A woman named Naide Umay along with a 13-year-old boy named Kaan was found alive under the rubble after 175 hours and 182 hours of being trapped in the Hatay province. Rescue workers had made contact with a grandmother, mother, and baby that were all stuck but alive in the city of Kahramanmaras. They were working to reach them. Many people have lost their families in the earthquake and rescuers are trying their best to help them.
Thousands of teams across the region, including coal miners and specialists using thermal cameras and sniffer dogs, have combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings in search of survivors.
There is a perception that the rescue operation will soon come to a close, as hopes of finding survivors are diminishing. As officials are looking at shelter, food, and healthcare, the focus is now shifting to recovery.
Human failings are also being questioned as to whether they exacerbated the impact of natural disasters. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged response failures, however, during a visit to a disaster zone last week, he appeared to blame destiny.
Officials say 113 arrest warrants have been issued about the construction of building structures that collapsed, and 12 people, including contractors, have been taken into custody.