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Teenager pulled alive from Turkey quake rubble

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Teenager pulled alive from Turkey quake rubble


A teenager has been pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed building, four days after the earthquake that struck eastern Turkey.

The 18-year old man, named as Imdat Padak, had spent more than 100 hours buried among the debris in Ercis, the town hardest hit by Sunday’s 7.2 magnitude tremor.

Looking exhausted, he was pulled from the remains of an apartment block and taken to a local hospital before being transferred by helicopter ambulance to Van. Doctors said he was severely dehydrated but there was no trauma and overall his health was good.

The young man was the first to be taken out alive since a university student and two teachers were rescued on Wednesday. One of the teachers has since died.

The earthquake is known to have killed at least 534 people and injured more than 2,300. Hundreds of others are thought to be still missing.

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