IZMIR, TURKEY (AP) – Even as hopes of reaching the survivors began to fade, rescue forces in the Turkish city of Izmir dragged a young girl out of the rubble of a building The apartment building collapsed on Tuesday, four days after a strong earthquake struck Turkey and Greece.
Wrapped in a heat blanket, the girl was taken to the ambulance on a stretcher with applause and chants of “God is great!” from lifeguards and onlookers.
Health Media Fahrettin Koca identified her as 3-year-old Ayda Gezgin on Twitter and shared a video of her inside an ambulance. The child has been trapped in the rubble for 91hours since Friday’s quake hit the Aegean Sea and is the 107th person pulled out of collapsed buildings alive.
Rescue force Nusret Aksoy told reporters he was sifting through the wreckage of the overturned eight-story building when he heard a child’s scream and called for silence. Then, he positioned the girl in a cramped space next to a dishwasher.
The girl waved at him, told him her name and said she’s okay, Aksoy said.
“I got goosebumps and my colleague Ahmet cried,” he said.
Her rescue comes a day after a 3-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl were also pulled out of collapsed buildings in Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city.
Meanwhile, the number of people killed in the quake amounted to 104, after rescue teams recovered bodies elsewhere in the city.
The United States Geological Survey rated Friday’s quake as a 7.0 magnitude quake, although other agencies in Turkey noted it was less severe.
The majority of the deaths and about 1,000 injuries occurred in Izmir. Two teenagers were also killed and 19 injured on the Greek island of Samos, near the epicenter of the earthquake in the Aegean Sea.
Officials said 147 people who survived the quake were still in hospital, and three of them were in serious condition.