A 3-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble 91 hours after a massive earthquake struck in Turkey
Earthquake rescuers in Turkey have pulled a three-year-old girl out from the ruins of an apartment building, 91 hours after it collapsed, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Ayda Gezgin is one of 107 people rescued so far since the earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon, hitting the Turkish coast and, less severely, the Greek island of Samos.
Various monitoring agencies in the US and Turkey have rated the earthquake’s severity between 6.4 and 7, according to the AP.
In the Turkish city of Izmir, Rescuer Nusret Aksoy told reporters he found Gezgin trapped in a tight space next to a dishwasher, after hearing a child’s scream as he searched the rubble of the eight-story building, the AP reported.
She was pulled out to cries of “God is great!” according to the AP. Aksoy said: “I got goosebumps and my colleague Ahmet cried.”
Turkish Health Minister Dr. Fahrettin Koca tweeted a video of the girl wrapped in a foil blanket on a stretcher, introducing herself as “Ayda” to a rescuer.
Ayda Gezgin. 3 yaşında. Ve 91 saat sonra tekrar aramızda! pic.twitter.com/SCDCsEZ6YS
— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) November 3, 2020