New-Born And Mother Saved After Four Days In Rubble

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About 90 hours after the first of Monday’s terrible earthquakes, a newborn infant and his mother were recovered from the rubble in Turkey, as reported by BBC.

Miraculous survivors

The 10-day-old child, identified as Yagiz, was found inside a collapsed building in the southern province of Hatay.

The child was seen being gently moved outside overnight, which local media hailed as miraculous.

Four days after the accident, there are fewer survivors to be found, and the chances are dwindling in the bitter cold.

However, search and rescue operations are still ongoing in Turkey and the neighbouring country of Syria, which was also hit by earthquakes.

A thermal blanket-wrapped newborn named Yagiz was seen being transported to an ambulance for medical attention.

Secondary disaster

On a stretcher, his mother was brought outside. There were no further recent developments regarding either person’s health readily accessible.

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu tweeted about the rescue, stating that it took place in the town of Samandag and that his crews were apparently involved in it.

Although it was unknown if the third individual had any connection to the other two, a video acquired by the news agency Reuters also showed a man being extricated from the ruins.

After the original 7.8-magnitude earthquake on Monday morning and the several aftershocks that followed, more than 21,000 people have perished, most of them in Turkey.

There have also been worries about a secondary disaster because so many people are now homeless and without access to electricity, gasoline, water, or shelter.

Earthquake tax

Recap Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, referred to it as the “disaster of the century.”

The estimated 88 billion lira ($4.6 billion; £3.8 billion) raised from an “earthquake tax” has been questioned by opposition parties who have accused Mr Erdogan of failing to prepare for the earthquake. The levy, which was initially enacted in the wake of a devastating earthquake in 1999 that claimed more than 17,000 lives, was intended to fund emergency services development and disaster prevention.

“The leader of Turkey’s largest opposition party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, claimed on Wednesday that Mr Erdogan’s administration “had not prepared for an earthquake in 20 years.”

Despite the destruction, tales of amazing escapes or valiant rescues have started popping up lately.

A newborn girl who was born under a collapsed building in northwest Syria has received thousands of adoption offers.

Baby Aya, whose name means miracle in Arabic, was still attached to her mother when she was saved. Her mother had already passed away along with other family members.


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Source: BBC


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