Jerusalem24 – The Turkish state news agency “Anadolu” reported that a 3-year-old girl has been found alive under a collapsed building in Izmir, Turkey. Elif Perincek, was rescued on Monday morning, more than 65 hours after the destructive earthquake took place.
According to CNN, Muammer Celik, the firefighter who pulled the girl from the rubble of her home, said that she held tight to his hand until he brought her safe and sound.
“I thought she might be in the space between her bed and her dresser. I went in that direction and that’s where I found her lying on her back. I picked her up. I cleaned her face got rid of the dust. She held my finger and wouldn’t let go until we got to ambulance.”
Her mother and others were rescued earlier but unfortunately one sibling of hers had died, according to Fahrettin Koca, the Turkish Health Minister.
The girl was taken to intensive care at once and had no serious fractures or injuries and now is in good condition.
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said that another 14-year-old girl Idil Sirin was rescued after she had spent more than 58 hours trapped under a collapsed building.
At least 91 people died and 994 were injured after the earthquake – measured as magnitude-7.0 by the US Geological Survey – struck in the Aegean Sea on Friday, shaking parts of Greece and Turkey.