Three days on and an other survivor has been pulled alive from the rubble of Turkey’s devastating earthquake which has killed nearly 500 people.
English teacher, Gozde Bahar, 27, was found in the remains of an apartment building in Ercis, the town hit hardest by the 7.2 magnitude quake. As she was being transported to hospital her heart briefly stopped. She is in a critical condition.
It follows yesterday’s rescue of a two week old baby. But the prospect of finding more survivors buried under tonnes of rubble still remains remote as temperatures start to plummet.
Turkey has now accepted international aid as it’s struggling to shelter tens of thousands of people left homeless. The government has put out requests to 30 countries, including Israel, for emergency materials including prefabricated housing, tents and containers. A long queue outside a military base illustrates the scale of the problem.
“I have five children. We’ve been waiting in the rain. I haven’t been able to get a tent for two days now. Yesterday morning I was here from nine to 12 but I couldn’t make it to the front. I am here again today and I have no idea when it’ll be my turn,” said one man.
The exact number of homeless remains unclear but officials in Van estimate more than half a million people have been affected.