Rescue workers had reason to cheer for a moment as a three-year-old girl was freed from the wreckage of a collapsed apartment building in Turkey on Tuesday.
The three-year-old was rescued 91 hours after a deadly earthquake rocked the country’s western coast.
The child was extracted safely from a building in the city of Izmir, disaster management agency AFAD tweeted.
Rescue workers cleared the debris around the toddler trapped in a tiny gap yet looking calm, AFAD footage on Twitter showed.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca identified the girl as Ayda Gezgin, sharing footage of her talking to a health officer on an ambulance.
State media initially identified her as Ayla.
She tells her name, saying she does not feel pain.
“A new miracle,’’ state broadcaster TRT described her rescue, which comes almost 30 hours after the rescue of another girl of the same age from the wreckage in Izmir city.
“I heard a child’s voice,” rescuer Ahmet Celik said.
“I put my head through the hole,” Celik said, his voice quivering. He recalled her saying she was very thirsty and requested water and ayran, a yoghurt beverage.’’
An earthquake centred in the Aegean Sea hit both Turkey and Greece on Friday.
“We are very happy. I cannot describe the moment she stared at us,” another rescuer told TRT, describing how he gave her blood serum and covered her in a blanket.
An image from the first moments of the rescue on TRT showed one rescuer kiss her and her holding the rescuer’s thumb.
READ ALSO: Earthquake death toll rises to 79 in Turkey
The girl is in good condition in hospital, state news agency Anadolu quoted Environment and Urbanisation Minister Murat Kurum as saying in Izmir.
The death toll in Izmir reached 102, while as many as 8,000 rescuers continued their efforts at four collapsed buildings, Kurum added.
TRT said rescue efforts were underway for the mother who is also believed to be trapped, while the father was safe outside when the quake hit.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...