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104 killed in earthquake, 107 rescued alive

4 days after quake, Turkish rescuers pull girl, 3, alive from collapsed building

Rescue worker says he was sifting through rubble when he heard a scream, found child in cramped space next to dishwasher in remains of toppled eight-floor structure

Rescue workers, who were trying to find survivors of an earthquake, surround Ayda Gezgin after they pulled the young girl out alive from the rubble of a collapsed apartment in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir, November 3, 2020, (AFAD via AP)
Rescue workers, who were trying to find survivors of an earthquake, surround Ayda Gezgin after they pulled the young girl out alive from the rubble of a collapsed apartment in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir, November 3, 2020, (AFAD via AP)

IZMIR, TURKEY (AP) — Even as hopes of reaching survivors began to fade, rescuers in the Turkish city of Izmir pulled a young girl out alive from the rubble of a collapsed apartment building on Tuesday, four days after a strong earthquake hit Turkey and Greece.

Wrapped in a thermal blanket, the girl was taken into an ambulance on a stretcher to the sounds of applause and chants of “God is great!” from rescue workers and onlookers.

Health Media Fahrettin Koca identified her as 3-year-old Ayda Gezgin on Twitter and shared a video of her inside the ambulance. The child had been trapped inside the rubble for 91 hours since Friday’s quake struck in the Aegean Sea and was the 107th person to have been pulled out of collapse buildings alive.

Rescuer Nusret Aksoy told reporters that he was sifting through the rubble of the toppled eight-floor building when he heard a child’s scream and called for silence. He later located the girl in a tight space next to a dishwasher.

The girl waved at him, told him her name and said that she was okay, Aksoy said.

“I got goosebumps and my colleague Ahmet cried,” he said.

Her rescue came a day after a 3-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl were also pulled out alive from collapsed buildings in Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city.

Elif Perincek, 3, rests in her hospital bed after she was rescued from the rubble of a building some 65 hours after an earthquake in Izmir, Turkey, November 2, 2020. (Turkish Health Ministry via AP)

Meanwhile, the death toll in the earthquake reached 104, after emergency crews retrieved more bodies elsewhere in the city.

The US Geological Survey rated Friday’s quake at 7.0 magnitude, although other agencies in Turkey recorded it as less severe.

The vast majority of the deaths and some 1,000 injuries occurred in Izmir. Two teenagers also died and 19 people were injured on the Greek island of Samos, near the quake’s epicenter in the Aegean Sea.

Officials said 147 quake survivors were still hospitalized, and three of them were in serious condition.

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