8,300 deaths from Turkey-Syria earthquake, miraculous rescue stories

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Turkey-Syria Earthquake: Officials and medics said 5,894 people have died in Turkey and 2,470 in Syria, bringing the total to 8,364.

Rescuers in Turkey and Syria battled bitter cold Tuesday in a race against time to find survivors under buildings flattened by an earthquake that killed more than 8,300 people.

Officials and medics said 5,894 people have died in Turkey and 2,470 in Syria, bringing the total to 8,364.

Tremors inflicted more suffering on a border area, already plagued by conflict, leaving people on the streets burning debris to try to stay warm as international aid began to arrive.

But some extraordinary survival tales have emerged, including a newborn baby pulled alive from rubble in Syria, still tied by her umbilical cord to her mother who died in Monday’s quake.

Video of 7-yr-old girl shielding sibling under rubble goes viral Turkey-Syria earthquake

Sharing a photograph of the trapped siblings, a United Nations representative, Mohamad Safa tweeted Tuesday, “The 7 year old girl who kept her hand on her little brother’s head to protect him while they were under the rubble for 17 hours has made it safely…”

As videos of the moment before their rescue also surfaced online, they were both lauded for being brave while the girl was hailed as a hero for maintaining her strength and determination in the face of the disaster.

Young Syrian girl pulled from the collapsed building:

A young Syrian girl rescued Tuesday from deep debris in Jindires, Syria, after the building she in collapsed.

Though these stories are heartening, the United Nations children’s agency is bracing for the tragic loss of young lives. 

An infant rescued in a quake-hit Syrian town appears to have born while her mother buried under rubble and is the family’s only survivor.


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