After a dramatic rescue day, people living in the Turkish city of Izmir hoped on Saturday night that the survivors could still meet in the devastation Magnitude 7.0 earthquake In Turkey and Greece at least 39 people were killed, more than 800 were injured and several residential buildings were leveled.
“The building is flat, but I survived,” said Oguz Demarcapi, a technology manager who was rescued from the rubble of his apartment building, in a Video message Posted from his hospital bed. He described the evacuation from under 12 feet of debris.
“Life is beautiful,” Mr. Demerkapi said.
In all, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late Saturday, more than 100 people were evacuated from the rubble of buildings by the earthquake on Friday afternoon, centered in the Aegean Sea in the Greek island of Samos, near the Turkish coast.
“We are receiving miraculous news,” Izmir Mayor Tunc Soir said earlier in the day in a television interview. Rescue teams, he said, “were working carefully.”
Rescue efforts continued at nine locations late Saturday, with officials saying they planned to continue around the clock. The missing was estimated to be 180 by early Saturday.
The leader of a civilian search and rescue team, Murat Boz, said in a telephone interview that the work would “continue for 24 hours, day and night, without stopping, without breaks.”
“We have experienced survival in the 187th hour of the last earthquake,” Mr. Boz said. “If we take it as a benchmark, then we are at the very beginning.”
He said, “It is out of the question for our hope to fade.”
Mr. Erdogan said that his government would support 24 million Turkish lira, about $ 2.8 million, for the payment of housing, furniture and other goods.
In the Barkali district of the city alone, which took the brunt of the setback, 17 buildings completely collapsed, the district’s mayor, Sardar Sandal, said. He estimated that tens of thousands of people would eventually be displaced after keeping track of all damaged buildings.
Many, who had spent Friday night Saturday morning with blankets on their shoulders, were afraid to return home as a wave of aftershocks. The government said that it had provided 10,000 beds and 3,000 tents for them.
“It was an emotionally intense night,” a member of Ozgur Ojel, which represents the region, tells of the hours immediately following the earthquake. People waiting for the wreckage of the collapsed buildings seemed to have made an escape – but minutes later they realized something was wrong because a building was standing while one collapsed next to it. ”
There are many old buildings in the earthquake prone city that are not earthquake resistant.
“What needs to be done today is being done, but the important thing is what to do in the cabinet meeting to be held on Monday,” said opposition lawmaker Mr Ojell, to make the buildings more resistant.
At least 37 people died in and around Izmir on Saturday, Mr. Erdogan said. He said that more than 243 people are being treated in hospitals, including eight in intensive care. Two more people died on the Greek island of Samos.
Dramatic scenes surfaced on Saturday. In an apartment building, rescue teams focused their efforts on rescuing five members of a family. After managing to open a tunnel through the rubble, they were able to talk to 38-year-old Seher Perines, who was trapped in the open with his 11-year-old twin, 7-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, local news reports.
Finally, 23 hours after the earthquake, Ms. Perisk and her two children were kicked alive from the wreckage, as seen in photographs shared with the press by local authorities. One child was killed, news reports said, and rescuers continued until late in the evening in search of a fourth.
“For three hours we communicated with her,” Cem Behar, one of the rescue teams who helped Ms. Perinac and her children, said in a television interview.
“When we first entered, she was searching the walls to identify where she was.” “As we went inside the rubble, we were able to hear his voice.
Happiness was celebrated with joy at every stop. News agency DHA reported that rescuers rescued 20 people from the city’s seven-story building, but they also found 12 bodies.
Mr Demirkapi, the technology manager who was rescued, was in his third-floor apartment in the Barrackley district when the tremors began on Friday afternoon. He ran into a corner of his apartment and entered the fetal position, he said, as his house collapsed around him.
“They pulled me out from a depth of four meters – I’d been there for half an hour,” Mr. Demerkapi said. “I was very, very, very lucky – especially when I saw pictures of the building”