A number of survivors were miraculously rescued from the rubble in Turkey even more than a week after a massive earthquake struck, as miracles continue to surface one after another as the rescuers, including the Bangladesh teams, are digging deeper into the debris in the earthquake-devastated country and its neighbouring Syria, with the combined death toll already hovering over 41,000.
Alongside other countries, the special rescue teams of the Bangladesh Army have set a unique example in helping the two tremor-devastated neighbouring countries. As part of humanitarian aid, the members of the rescue team are working tirelessly in hostile conditions defying the chilling winter. In fact, Bangladesh is contributing as much as it can to the cause of rescue operations there. It already sent repeated relief materials to both the countries separately.
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Meanwhile, nine days have already elapsed since the deadly earthquake hit the duo, but people are still being miraculously rescued from the rubble in Turkey and Syria. A joint rescue team, combining members from Bangladesh and Turkey, in the meantime rescued a teenage girl alive after she remained trapped for days in the city of Adiyaman. 15 bodies were also recovered by the Bangladesh rescuers in Turkey and Syria.
Disclosing the information, media spokesperson for the Bangladesh rescue team Deputy Assistant Director of Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence Faisalur Rahman said the members of Fire Service are carrying out rescue operations alongside the members of Bangladesh Army. Miraculously though, there are many more reports of successful rescue operations.
A new-born baby and his mother were miraculously rescued alive in Hatay province. Three people were rescued alive after 110 hours in Jableh, Syria. On the fifth day of the rescue operation, a total of nine people were rescued from Syria and Turkey. Even on the eighth day, four more were rescued alive from under the rubbles.
The NATO military alliance announced the establishment of a temporary shelter camp for earthquake victims in Turkey. Meanwhile, Syrian state media reported that Bashar al-Assad’s government finally allowed international aid to enter rebel-held areas. This decision came after repeated calls from international organisations. The United Nations applauded the Syrian government’s decision and said more than 5.3 million people were left homeless in Syria since the earthquake.
Turkish president said that a total of 35,418 lives were lost in his country’s latest earthquake, while over 5,814 died in neighbouring Syria, according to a Reuters tally of reports from the Syrian state media and a UN agency. This clearly shows that the total death toll now hovers over 41,000.
Side by side, the number of rescued people is also rising as the two tremor-hit countries inch towards the end of its rescue operation. The hopes of the people are spiked as miracles keep happening one after another in Turkey and Syria. Rescuers had previously rescued a 2-month-old child after 120 hours in the rubble. After nearly 200 hours, an 18-year-old boy named Muhammad Kafar was rescued alive from under the rubble of Turkey’s earthquake.
Footage released by the Istanbul Municipality showed a rescued woman, Naidi Umay, being pulled out on a stretcher from under the rubble. The operation rescued another pair of siblings from Kahramanmaras: 17-year-old Muhammed Enes Yeniner and his brother Baki Yeniner, 21. However, no information was provided about the physical condition of those who had been rescued.
As such, the chances of survival for people trapped in the rubble are turning slim. Rescue teams from different countries are carrying out operations even in hostile weather conditions in Turkey. As both the countries are faced with extreme humanitarian disasters, concerned organisations are focused on emergency assistance and the immediate aid of the victims.