A woman in Syria gives birth to a baby as she was rescued from the rubble of the devastating earthquake hitting Turkey and Syria on Monday morning.
The heartwarming but also heartbreaking video of rescue workers carrying a newborn baby from the rubble is making rounds on social media. According to the reports, the baby’s family did not survive. The videos of destruction and rescue operations are making rounds on social media since Monday. Visuals of destruction in Turkey and Syria are heart-wrenching.
Rescue teams and workers from all over the world are reaching Turkey and Syria to help the affected. Many people have been rescued alive from under the rubble.
Turkish and Syrian disaster response teams report more than 5,600 buildings have been flattened across several cities, including many multi-story apartment blocks that were filled with sleeping residents when the first quake struck.
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In the city of Kahramanmaras in southeastern Turkey, eyewitnesses struggled to comprehend the scale of the disaster.
“We thought it was the apocalypse,” said Melisa Salman, a 23-year-old reporter. “That was the first time we have ever experienced anything like that.”
Turkey’s relief agency AFAD on Tuesday said there were now 2,921 deaths in that country alone, bringing the confirmed tally to 4,365.
Read more: More than 4,300 people dead in Turkey and Syria
There are fears that the toll will rise inexorably, with World Health Organization officials estimating up to 20,000 may have died.
Calls are being made to uplift airspace ban from Syria, also badly affected by the earthquake. Syrian refugees are worst hit by his earthquake.
In Gaziantep, a Turkish city home to countless refugees from Syria’s decade-old civil war, rescuers picking through the rubble screamed, cried, and clamored for safety as another building collapsed nearby without warning.
The initial earthquake was so large it was felt as far away as Greenland, and the impact is big enough to have sparked a global response.
Dozens of nations from Ukraine to New Zealand have vowed to send help, although freezing rain and sub-zero temperatures have slowed the response.