Rescue workers in Turkey have saved two girls, one just three, days after a major earthquake decimated the city of Izmir.
The pair and a dog named Ares were pulled from the wreckage of collapsed apartments in separate operations on Monday, as the death toll from Friday’s quake – which is believed to have been as high as 7.0 – hit 87.
A search and rescue worker branded the escape of three-year-old Elif Perincek a ‘true miracle’, after the youngster was pulled from the wreckage covered in white dust, 65 hours after becoming trapped. She became the 106th person to be rescued alive, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Seven hours earlier, rescue workers had clapped as 14-year-old Idil Sirin was removed from the rubble, after a 58-hour ordeal. Her eight-year-old sister, Ipek, did not survive, NTV television reported.
Workers found more bodies overnight amid toppled buildings in Turkey’s third-largest city, where close to a thousand people were injured in the quake. Pictures also showed Ares being rescued and wrapped in a blanket to stay warm. The dog’s condition is not known but it appeared to be relatively unscathed.
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