| 13 April 2024, Saturday |

After 104 hours buried by Turkey earthquake, woman brought out alive

A woman was found alive in the wreckage of a collapsed building in Turkey on Friday, evoking shouts from spectators 104 hours after she was buried by the powerful earthquake that killed thousands of people and left vast amounts of damage in its wake.

“Now I believe in miracles,” rescue team commander Steven Bayer remarked as workers in the town of Kirikhan delicately carried Zeynep Kahraman, 40, in a stretcher past broken concrete blocks and twisted metal into an ambulance.

“You can see the people crying and hugging each other. It’s such a huge relief that this woman under such conditions came out so fit. It’s an absolute miracle,” he said.

Kahraman lay still, strapped into the stretcher with her arms across her chest, her eyes shielded from the sudden light by dark glasses. Her younger sister Zuebeyde looked on and hugged a worker from the German International Search and Rescue (ISAR) team.

“The woman pulled through. She didn’t give up,” rescue dog handler Tamara Reither said as crowds applauded.

  • Reuters