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Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: »They live, but nobody comes. We're at the end"


You hear voices under the rubble: residents in the earthquake area are trying desperately to rescue their families from the rubble. International aid is on the way – but in Turkey's Hatay and in Syria's Djinderes, people are still on their own.

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The first night after the severe earthquake falls over Hatay.

Dozens of people are still missing in the city in southern Turkey.

Man: "Say something!

Volume up!"

From the rubble: "Help.


A few meters further: A man's parents are buried under rubble.

Deniz, resident: "They live, but nobody comes."

Deniz, residents:

'You can hear them talking, but no one comes.

We're at the end.

My God!

You can hear them talking, but there's nobody here.

No one.

What kind of state is this?'

If they can, the people of Hatay try to help others.

[At the car]

Man: I just saved her.

It was risky, but I had no choice.

I came here from Ankara.«

Man: »We heard voices.

Our children are in there too.

The building partially collapsed.

We risked our lives, but that's all we can do.

It's about a human life.

There are no rescue workers here, no soldiers.

No one.

This is a forgotten place.«

According to the authorities, more than 1,200 buildings were destroyed and at least 520 people killed in the province around Hatay alone.

400,000 Syrians are said to live in the province that directly borders Syria.

A few kilometers away, in the small Syrian town of Djindires, the survivors are running out of time under the rubble.

Hamdo al Sheik, resident: “I am waiting for my brother and his family, he and his seven children, to be taken out.

They've rescued someone before, but it wasn't them.

They took a man and left.

Everyone gets their own people out.«

Officially, the fatalities in both countries are now estimated at more than 4,800.

But the number could still increase considerably, because the chances of survival for the buried people decrease with every passing minute.

In many places, overnight searches were "very slow" due to storms and a lack of equipment, according to the White Helmets, an aid organization active in rebel-held areas of Syria.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, emergency doctors and hospitals are also overwhelmed.

International rescue workers arrived at Adana airport on Tuesday.

Rescuers from Serbia, Germany, Romania and Spain and many other countries are currently arriving with emergency equipment and rescue dogs to support the search for survivors.

Source: spiegel

All life articles on 2023-02-07

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