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Oct 28, 2011

Boy’s rescue five days after Turkish quake lifts spirits

ERCIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Rescue workers pulled a 13-year-old boy alive out of the rubble of an apartment block on Friday, five days after a powerful earthquake that killed at least 570 people in eastern Turkey.

“It is a great miracle,” Neriman, the boy’s 34-year-old mother told Reuters. “He told me he prayed and when he said all his prayers and there were no more left he recited the national anthem.”

Oct 28, 2011

Fifth-day quake rescue lifts Turkish spirits

ERCIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Rescue workers pulled out a 13-year-old boy alive from rubble on Friday, over 100 hours after a powerful earthquake that killed more than 500 people in eastern Turkey .

The rescue lifted Turkish spirits as thousands of quake survivors endured a fifth freezing and wet night without a roof over their heads.

Oct 28, 2011

Man’s 4-day survival lifts broken Turkish hearts

ERCIS, Turkey (Reuters) – The rescue of a man buried under rubble for more than 100 hours cheered grief-stricken survivors of the massive earthquake in southeast Turkey, as thousands endured a fifth freezing, wet night without a roof over their heads.

People left homeless by Sunday’s 7.2 magnitude quake in the predominantly Kurdish eastern province of Van have complained bitterly over the slow delivery of relief in the early days of the disaster.

Oct 27, 2011

Turk quake survivors plead for tents as cold descends

ERCIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Survivors of eastern Turkey’s earthquake pleaded for more tents on Thursday, fearing death from cold after a tremor that killed at least 523 and left thousands sleeping in the open.

Some blamed the ruling AK party for a slow response and accused officials of handing aid to supporters, after standing in long queues only to be told there were no tents left. Others said profiteers were hoarding tents and reselling them.

Oct 27, 2011

Turkish quake survivors clamor for tents

ERCIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Sheltering thousands of families left homeless by a deadly earthquake became Turkey’s priority on Thursday as chances dwindled of finding more survivors four days after disaster struck the mainly Kurdish southeast province of Van.

The death toll rose to 481 and the number of injured was put at 1,650 after Sunday’s 7.2 magnitude tremor, the quake-prone country’s biggest in more than a decade.

Oct 26, 2011

Turkey struggles to shelter thousands after quake

ERCIS Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey struggled to provide shelter on Wednesday to tens of thousands left homeless by an earthquake that killed nearly 500, and rescue teams began taking painful decisions to call off searches for those buried alive.

A 27-year-old woman was pulled out alive from a collapsed building in Ercis, the town hit hardest.

Oct 26, 2011

Woman rescued three days after Turkey quake

ERCIS Turkey (Reuters) – Emergency workers rescued a 27-year-old woman alive from a collapsed building on Wednesday, three days after an earthquake killed more than 400 people in eastern Turkey, but hopes of finding more survivors faded and some teams were suspending searches.

Tens of thousands have been left homeless by the powerful 7.2 magnitude quake, which has now prompted the government to request foreign aid, including from Israel, to shelter distraught families amid growing complaints of a lack of tents and other relief supplies.

Oct 26, 2011

Search for Turkish quake survivors enters third day

ERCIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey clung to hopes on Wednesday of finding survivors under rubble three days after a powerful earthquake killed at least 459 people, and the government finally requested foreign help to shelter thousands of homeless families.

The survival of a 14-day-old prematurely born baby girl called Azra had lifted hearts Tuesday. She was flown to the capital Ankara with her injured mother.

Oct 25, 2011

Two-week-old baby rescued two days after Turkey quake

ERCIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Rescuers pulled a two-week-old baby girl alive from the arms of her mother, who had also survived but was still trapped in the rubble of their apartment on Tuesday, two days after a powerful earthquake in southeast Turkey.

The mother was clutching the infant to her chest when rescuers reached them, and they were working to bring her out, as well as a grandmother, who was also still alive.

Oct 25, 2011

Turkish quake survivors camp out, death toll 279

ERCIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people spent a second night under canvas, in cars or huddled round small fires in towns rattled by aftershocks from a massive earthquake in eastern Turkey that killed hundreds.

Early on Tuesday the death toll from Sunday’s quake stood at 279 and hundreds more were still missing. Casualties were concentrated so far in the town of Ercis and the provincial capital Van, with officials still checking outlying areas.