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Japanese aid worker and earthquake survivor Miyuki Konnai is flown to Ankara for medical treatment after suffering complications.
She was taken for treatment at Ataturk State hospital a day after being rescued from the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Van.
Konnai had come to Van, a city in the remote east of Turkey, along with
other Japanese aid workers to help survivors of a major 7.2 magnitude
earthquake on Oct. 23 that killed more than 600 people and left
thousands of families homeless.
The Bayram Hotel where she was staying was so damaged by that quake that
when a smaller 5.7 tremor struck on Wednesday night, the five-story
building came tumbling down.
Trapped under the rubble after an earthquake brought down the hotel she
was staying in, Konnai had more to worry about than her fear of the
dark, but a "ray of light" from her laptop helped her survive the
At least 12 people died in the latest quake to hit Van city, including
compatriot Atsushi Miyazaki, a doctor who had been helping the stricken
Konnai, a slightly built 32-year-old woman, was still conscious when she was dug out after waiting in the rubble for five hours.