Turkey quake: joy and heartache

A teenage survivor of the Turkey quake tells of his ordeal as rescuers find the body of a father whose 16-day-old baby was discovered alive.

October 29, 2011 07:59
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Ferhat Tokay was found after 5 days underground.

13 year old quake survivor 311. (photo credit: Reuters)


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The dramatic rescue of 13-year-old Ferhat Tokay after 108 hours trapped beneath the rubble of the Turkey earthquake was captured on camera.

The discovery of another survivor alive after so long was a welcome boost for the rescue teams.

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A day after his emergence from the wreckage of his six-story apartment block home in Ercis he's been speaking of his ordeal.

"On the first day I heard noises two or three hours after the quake happened. I shouted but they couldn't hear me. I was underneath the rubble of a six-storey building which collapsed on me so they couldn't hear me. I couldn't make myself heard. Afterwards they lifted several walls and heavy machinery lifted some debris on the last day. I saw a hole and I shouted 'help' and they helped me. I was saved and brought here," Ferhat Tokay.

The youngest survivor and her mother left hospital on Saturday in mourning.

Azra Karaduman was just two weeks old when she was pulled alive from the wreckage on Tuesday, followed by her mother Semiha.

On Friday rescue teams recovered the body of the baby's father.

At least 575 people are known to have been killed and 2, 608 injured.

The chances of finding more survivors are dwindling fast.

The thousands left homeless by Sunday's 7.2 magnitude quake in the east of the country are struggling against the misery of worsening winter weather conditions.

Many have complained bitterly about the slow delivery of relief items like tents.

Foreign aid shipments are arriving and authorities overseeing relief efforts say emergency needs in the hardest hit urban areas should be met by Saturday.

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