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Baby girl rescued from quake debris

A two-week old girl has been rescued from the rubble of the Turkish earthquake after being trapped for two days.

Azra Karaduman was beside her mother and grandmother, who were also freed a few hours later, in the remains of an apartment building in the city of Ercis.

The baby's mother, Semiha, and grandmother, Gulsaadet, were huddled together, with the baby clinging to her mother's shoulder when rescuers found them.

A bakery on the ground floor of the building may have kept them warm during freezing night-time.

Azra was healthy but flown to a hospital in Ankara for checks.

Hours after she was freed, her mother and grandmother were pulled from the large, half-flattened building and rushed to ambulances as onlookers clapped and cheered. The mother had been semi-conscious, but woke up when rescuers arrived.

Firefighters and rescuers ordered silence while they listened for noise from other possible survivors in the large five-storey apartment block, parts of which were being supported by a crane. Workers could not find the baby's father and there were no other signs of life in the shattered building.

A rescuer in an orange jumpsuit squeezed into the hulk of crushed concrete and metal to free the baby who was then wrapped in a blanket and handed over to a medic amid applauding emergency workers.

Authorities said the death toll had jumped to 432 as rescuers in Ercis and the provincial capital, Van, raced against time to free dozens of people trapped inside mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris. At least nine more people have been rescued, although many more bodies were discovered.

Survivors in the mainly Kurdish area have been warned not to enter damaged buildings and thousands spent a second night outdoors in cars or tents in near-freezing conditions, afraid to return to their homes. Some 1,300 people were injured.


From Belfast Telegraph