Rescuers dig for survivors in Turkey earthquake as death toll reaches 38 – New York Post

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Rescuers saved a 38-year-old woman and three of her four children from a collapsed building in the Turkish city of Izmir late Saturday, 18 hours after it was pancaked in a powerful earthquake.

One child died soon after being rescued, though, and crews were still trying to dig the fourth out of the rubble.

The family and about 100 others have been pulled from demolished buildings since the magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocked the region at midday Friday.

Earlier Saturday, onlookers cheered as workers lifted teenager Inci Okan out of a collapsed eight-floor apartment complex. Inci’s dog, Fistik, or Pistachio, was also rescued, offering a bright moment as crews picked and plowed through the devastation.

The death toll rose to 38 as hundreds of aftershocks rippled on, and nearly 900 were injured in three Turkish cities.

The powerful quake hit the Aegean Sea, shaking Izmir the hardest. Turkey’s third-largest city saw a mini-tsunami flood its streets and at least 20 buildings crumble.

Among the dead was an elderly woman who drowned.

Roughly 180 people were still trapped beneath the pancaked buildings, the mayor of the port city said.

More than 5,500 rescuers from different agencies and cities worked to reach survivors, at times crawling through cracks and hushing surrounding crowds to listen with sensitive headphones for sounds of life.

A 65-year-old man was saved 26 hours after the quake.

The earthquake-prone country has suffered from lightly regulated and shoddy construction, which can lead to serious damage and deaths.

Workers set up 300 tents for those left homeless, with 600 more tents on the way.

Two teenagers were also killed on the Greek Island of Samos after a wall fell on them. At least 19 people were injured on the island.

In a show of solidarity rare in months of tense bilateral relations, Greek and Turkish government officials issued mutual messages of solidarity while the leaders of Greece and Turkey held a telephone conversation.

“Whatever our differences, these are times when our people need to stand together,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted.

President Tayyip Erdogan responded in a tweet: “Turkey, too, is always ready to help Greece heal its wounds. That two neighbours show solidarity in difficult times is more valuable than many things in life.”

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