Three-year-old girl rescued 91 hours after Turkey quake

A three-year-old girl was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building 91 hours after a powerful earthquake hit western Turkey, as the death toll rose to 111 on Tuesday, said the local mayor.

“We have witnessed a miracle in the 91st hour,” Izmir mayor Tunc Soyer tweeted. “… Along with the great pain we have experienced, we have this joy as well.”

Health Media Fahrettin Koca identified her as Ayda Gezgin on Twitter and shared a video of her inside the ambulance amid the sounds of applause and chants of “God is great!” from rescue workers and onlookers.

Rescuer Nusret Aksoy told reporters that he heard a child scream before locating the girl next to a dishwasher. He said Ayda waved at him, told him her name and said that she was OK.

Her rescue came a day after a three-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl were also pulled out alive from collapsed buildings in Izmir.

The 7.0 magnitude quake that struck in the Aegean Sea last week killed 111 people and injured 1035 people, the country’s disaster authority known by its Turkish acronym AFAD said.

It added that rescue workers in Izmir province were continuing to search in five buildings for an unknown number of missing individuals.

More than 3,500 tents and 13,000 beds are being used for temporary shelters in Turkey, where relief efforts have drawn in nearly 8,000 personnel and 25 rescue dogs, the agency said.

The worst-hit Turkish town was Bayrakli in Izmir, where there was a mixture of celebration and sadness on Monday after a three-year-old girl named Elif Perincek and a 14-year-old named Idil Sirin were rescued from the rubble.

But both lost a sibling each to the disaster which struck on Friday afternoon in the Aegean Sea.

Two teenagers on their way home from school were also killed in neighbouring Greece.

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