Izmir quake: Rescuers pull a four-year-old girl from rubble after 91 hours
A four-year-old girl was pulled out of the rubble alive on Tuesday days after a magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit Turkey’s Aegean region.
“We have witnessed a miracle in the 91st hour,” Izmir mayor Tunc Soyer tweeted. “Rescue teams pulled out four-year-old Ayda alive. Along with the great pain we have experienced, we have this joy as well.”
Ayda Gezgin who was rescued in the Bayrakli district of the Aegean Izmir province was taken to hospital.
Rescuer Nusret Aksoy told reporters that he heard a child scream before locating the girl next to a dishwasher. He said Ayda waved at him, told him her name, and said that she was OK.
The head of Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Mehmet Gulluoglu, expressed happiness at the little girl’s rescue on Twitter.
Turkey is among the world’s most seismically active zones and has suffered devastating earthquakes in the past.
In 2011 more than 500 people were killed in a quake in the eastern city of Van, while another in January this year killed 41 people in the eastern province of Elazig.
The last 6.6 magnitude quake that struck in the Aegean Sea killed 102 people and injured 994 people, AFAD said.