Turkey earthquake: Teenager rescued from rubble after 61 hours
Published 26/10/2011 | 10:37
SEARCHERS working under floodlights have pulled out an 18-year old university student and a 27-year-old woman from building ruins after a devastating earthquake struck eastern Turkey.
The rescue team used tiny cameras mounted on sticks to locate university student Eyup Erdem and broke into applause as he emerged from the wreckage of a multistory building in the city of Ercis 61 hours after the magnitude-7.2 quake struck on Sunday.
The state-run Anatolia news agency said Erdem was injured and was being treated at a field hospital.
The student, who had moved to Ercis a month ago to study mechanics at a university, was the latest to be pulled out of the rubble alive as rescuers desperately worked against the clock to find survivors.
Emergency workers also rescued a 27-year old woman alive from a collapsed building on Wednesday.
The woman, Gozde Bahar, went into cardiac arrest as she was being transported to hospital in the town of Ercis, one of the hardest hit by Sunday's 7.2 magnitude quake.
Doctors later managed to revive her. She was in critical condition at a hospital in Van.
The quake has killed at least 459 people. Health Ministry official Seraceddin Com said some 40 people were pulled out alive from collapsed buildings on Tuesday.
They included a two-week-old baby girl brought out half-naked but alive from the wreckage of an apartment building 48 hours after the quake. Her mother and grandmother were also rescued, but her father was missing.
The pockets of jubilation were however, tempered by many more discoveries of bodies by thousands of aid workers.
Desperate survivors fought over aid and blocked aid shipments. A powerful aftershock ignited widespread panic that triggered a prison riot in a nearby provincial city.
With thousands left homeless or too afraid to return to damaged houses, Turkey said it would accept international aid offers, even from Israel, with which it has had strained relations. The country said it would need prefabricated homes to house survivors during the winter.