2nd little girl rescued from Turkey’s earthquake devastation

Her brother died.   

Elif Perincek, 3, is pulled from debris 65 hours after a major earthquake shook Turkey’s Aegean Sea coast, in Izmir, Turkey, November 2, 2020. The body of Yesim Emir, a 29-year-old dental assistant, was recovered from the same destroyed building on Monday. 

Fighting back tears, her mother Sibel Suruc had told CBS News on Saturday that the family was clinging to hope, “praying she will come out alive.”

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Almost 8,000 search and rescue workers and volunteers and 25 rescue dogs were deployed to the area to assist in the aftermath of the quake.   More than 5,000 people were stuck living in tents, as at least 58 buildings had either collapsed or been seriously damaged. A rescue worker reaches down to 3-year-old Ayda Gezgin, still trapped under the rubble of her collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey, moments before she was pull out to safety on November 3, 2020, four days after a large earthquake slammed the region. They said she smiled when she was found. First published on November 3, 2020 / 7:07 AM Istanbul Fire Authority/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty

Some pets have also managed to survive the collapse of their homes. More than 1,000 people were injured by the quake in Izmir, and rescuers were still racing Tuesday to find any other survivors under the ruins of at least five apartment buildings in the city, which is Turkey’s 3rd largest. More than 1,000 aftershocks had been recorded by Monday following the initial temblor on Friday. 2nd little girl pulled alive from Turkey’s earthquake devastation

By Pinar Sevinclidir

November 3, 2020 / 7:07 AM
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Istanbul — Covered in dust but otherwise healthy, three-year-old Ayda Gezgin was pulled from the rubble of an 8-storey building on Tuesday, four days after a magnitude 7 earthquake battered her home city of Izmir in Turkey. Many residents were simply too fearful to return to their homes amid strong aftershocks. Family members gathered around the crumbled buildings, hoping for any sign of loved ones. 

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More than 100 people have been pulled alive from 17 buildings across the city, where rescue operations began immediately after the earthquake. Turkish Gendarmerie/Handout/Reuters

The official death toll could still rise as there were an undetermined number of people still believed to be missing under destroyed buildings in the hard-hit city. Fidan Gezgin died in the rubble of the same building her daughter escaped from on Tuesday. Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD)/Handout/REUTERS

Rescuers on the scene said Gezgin survived because she was laying next to a washing machine that shielded her from debris when her apartment building collapsed. Firefighters recovered four kittens on Tuesday from the same building where Gezgin was found, Izmir mayor tweeted. She was reunited with her mother and twin sisters, who also escaped the debris.  Another 3-year-old girl was rescued after 65 hours under the rubble of different apartment building on Monday. Video showed her asking for her mother as she was carried to an ambulance, but the girl’s mother was one of 105 people killed by the quake. It was the second dramatic rescue of a toddler in as many days, but while the joy of finding the little girl alive kept hope alive for desperate families, it was tinged with tragedy. 

Rescue workers carry 3-year-old Ayda Gezgin out of the rubble of her collapsed apartment building, four days after an earthquake hit Turkey’s Aegean port city of Izmir, November 3, 2020. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

Turkey’s Deputy Health Minister said Gezgin was in stable condition and her vital signs were normal.    But despite the stories of survival, the earthquake has left many families devastated.