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Three people found alive 13 days after Turkey-Syria quake: TV

By Agence France-Presse Published Feb 19, 2023 9:40 am

Turkish rescuers on Saturday, Feb. 18 pulled three people, including a child, alive from the rubble 13 days after a massive quake claimed tens of thousands of lives, but one later died, local media reported.

The channel did not provide any further details.

A journalist for Turkish television channel NTV later reported that one of those found had died after being taken to hospital.

NTV broadcast images of rescuers placing the rescued people onto stretchers after they had spent 296 hours trapped in the rubble. 

A 7.8-magnitude tremor on February 6 rocked southeastern Turkey and Syria, killing more than 43,000 people and leaving millions without proper shelter.

Teams have been finding survivors all week despite them being stuck for so long under the rubble in freezing weather, but their numbers have dropped to just a handful in the past few days.

Turkish rescuers on Friday, Feb. 17 pulled a 45-year-old man from rubble, several hours after others discovered three people including a 14-year-old boy alive under debris. (AFP)