ADIYAMANA massive earthquake left thousands of people homeless earthquake That struck Turkey Syria, Syria and Iraq gathered together in cramped tents last week or lined up on the streets to get hot meals Monday. It was likely that the desperate search for survivors entered its final hours.
After the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, one crew saved a little girl of four years from Adiyaman’s rubble. This was 177 hours ago. earthquake struck. There are thousands of international and local teams searching the pulverized blocks of apartments for signs of life, with help from thermal cameras and sniffer dogs.
Stories of miracles almost unbelievable rescues have flooded the airwaves in recent days — many broadcast live on Turkish television and beamed around the world — tens of thousands of dead have been found during the same period. Experts say given temperatures that have fallen to minus 6 degrees Celsius (21 degrees Fahrenheit) — and the total collapse of so many buildings — the window for such rescues It is almost closed.
It struck in southeastern, with its aftershocks and a minor one just nine hours following the initial temblor. Turkey On February 6, more than 35,000 were killed in Syria and Northern Syria.
Heritage sites were damaged in Antakya (an important port and center for early Christianity) as Antioch. The Greek Orthodox Churches in the Region have launched charity drives to help the relief efforts and raise funds for eventual rebuilding or repairs of churches.
It was 100km (62 mi) to the epicenter. Nearly all houses in the village Polat were destroyed. The residents saved refrigerators and washing machines from the wreckage.
Zehra Kurukafa survived the tragedy and said that not enough tents had been delivered to the homeless. This forced families to split the few tents they have.
“We sleep in the mud, all together with two, three, even four families,” said Kurukafa.
Turkish officials said Monday that over 150,000 people were living in Turkey. survivors They were moved to refuges in other provinces. Musa Bozkurt (city of Adiyaman) waited in Adiyaman for a vehicle that would transport him and his family to the western side. Turkey.
“We’re going away, but we have no idea what will happen when we get there,” According to the 25-yearold. “We have no goal. Even if there was (a plan) what good will it be after this hour? I no longer have my father or my uncle. What do I have left?”
But Fuat Ekinci, a 55-year-old farmer, was reluctant to leave his home for western Turkey despite the destruction, saying he didn’t have the means to live elsewhere and had fields that need to be tended.
“Those who have the means are leaving, but we’re poor,” he said. “The government says, go and live there a month or two. How do I leave my home? My fields are here, this is my home, how do I leave it behind?”
Volunteers from across Turkey have mobilized to help millions of survivors, including a group of volunteer chefs and restaurant owners who served traditional food such as beans and rice and lentil soup for survivors who lined up in the streets of downtown Adiyaman.
Other volunteers continued with the rescue efforts. After rescuers pulled out the 4-year-old, a relative told HaberTurk television that more loved ones were inside the building.
As the scale of the disaster comes into view, sorrow and disbelief have turned to rage over the sense there has been an ineffective response to the historic disaster. That anger could be a political problem for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who faces a tough reelection battle in May.
Meanwhile, rescue workers, including coal miners who secured salvage tunnels with wooden supports, found a woman alive Monday in the wreckage of a five-story building in Turkey’s Gaziantep province.
Syrian authorities said a newborn whose mother gave birth while trapped under the rubble of their home was doing well. The baby, Aya, was found hours after the quake, still connected by the umbilical cord to her mother, who was dead. She is being breastfed by the wife of the director of the hospital where she is being treated.
Such tales have given many hope, but Eduardo Reinoso Angulo, a professor at the Institute of Engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said the likelihood of finding people alive was “very, very small now.”
David Alexander, a professor of emergency planning and management at University College London, agreed. But he added that the odds were not very good to begin with.
Many of the buildings were so poorly constructed that they collapsed into very small pieces, leaving very few spaces large enough for people to survive in, Alexander said.
“If a frame building of some kind goes over, generally speaking we do find open spaces in a heap of rubble where we can tunnel in,“ Alexander said. “Looking at some of these photographs from Turkey and from Syria, there just aren’t the spaces.”
Wintery conditions further reduce the window for survival. In the cold, the body shivers to keep warm — but that burns a lot of calories, meaning that people also deprived of food will die more quickly, said Dr. Stephanie Lareau, a professor of emergency medicine at Virginia Tech.
Many in Turkey blame faulty construction for the vast devastation, and authorities have begun targeting contractors allegedly linked with buildings that collapsed. Turkey has introduced construction codes that meet earthquake-engineering standards, but experts say the codes are rarely enforced.
Turkey’s death toll from the quake has exceeded 31,000. Deaths in Syria, split between rebel-held areas and government-held areas, have risen beyond 3,500, although those reported by the government haven’t been updated in days.
Visiting the Turkish-Syrian border Sunday, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths said that the international community has failed to provide aid.
Griffiths said Syrians “rightly feel abandoned.” He added: “My duty and our obligation is to correct this failure as fast as we can.”
Geir Pedersen (UN special representative for Syria) spoke to reporters Monday in Damascus, Syria’s capital. “troubles” regarding the flow of aid to Syria’s rebel-held northwest are “now being corrected.”
According to the Kurdish-led administration of northeast Syria (Kurdish government), 53 trucks carrying humanitarian aid crossed into Syria from Kurdish territories. earthquakeAreas that have been destroyed by rebels supported by Turkey in north Syria, which had prevented convoys entering previously. Turkish authorities consider the Syrian Democratic Forces to be a terrorist group, along with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, a Turkey-based Kurdish separatist group.