Newborn Baby Saved From Rubble in Syria by Earthquake. Death Toll soars past 6,000
RAMI AL SAYED/AFP via Getty After being rescued, a newborn baby is given medical attention at an Afrin clinic.
After being pulled from the rubble of Syria, a newborn baby was able to survive. devastated by Monday’s earthquakes.
Agence France Presse reported that the newborn had been attached to her mother via the umbilical chord when she was rescued. Al Jazeera.
According to the news agency Khalil al Suwadi, a relative claimed that they heard a voice while digging. “We cleaned the dust and found a baby with an umbilical chord. [intact]So we took it to the cutting room and my cousin took it to the hospital.
Local activists reported that the child’s mom gave birth underneath the rubble and that she was subsequently adopted by another woman. died before being rescued, per CBS News.
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According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), there was no evidence of a significant increase in earthquakes. powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake — one of the strongest to hit the region in more than 100 years — struck in southern Turkey near the northern border of Syria on Monday morning, followed 11 minutes later by a magnitude 6.7 aftershock.
The USGS reports that a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Turkey nine hours later.
UNICEF says the earthquake occurred at 4:00 AM local time.when many children and families were asleep at home.”
The death toll from the earthquakes continues to rise, with over 6,200 people having died as a result. The New York Times.
The World Health Organization warned that there may be a significant increase in deaths. exceed 20,000.
OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Searchers for rescuers in Besnaya village, which is located in Syria’s rebel held northwestern Idlib at the border with Turkey
As of Tuesday evening local time, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey said the death toll in the country stood at 4,544, according to The New York Times.
Additionally, at least 5,775 buildings have collapsed in TurkeyAccording to an official from Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), this information was provided by CNN.
According to the Syrian Health Ministry, at least 1,731 people died in Syria. Times.
CNN reports that over 970 people died in the opposition-held region, according to Syria’s White Helmets. Also known as Syria Civil Defense, Additionally, the outlet also reported that in government-controlled areas, 812 have died, citing state news agency SANA.
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Officials warned that there is less chance of rescuers, who must also be able to withstand the freezing temperatures, being rescued.
Dr. Gerald Rockenschaub, a regional director of emergency services for the World Health Organization, stated that “the later people are found underneath the rubble the better the chances of survival.” Times.
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Officials claim that the situation in Syria has become particularly grave.
According to CBS News Adelheid Marschang, WHO Senior Emergency Officer, stated that the Syrian needs are at their highest after 12 years of prolonged and complex crisis. Meanwhile, humanitarian funding continues to decline.
Per the TimesBecause of sanctions against Syria’s President, it is unable to receive aid directly from several countries. Due to damage, the UN’s only approved crossing between the two countries for humanitarian aid is closed.
Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Operation search and rescue in Idlib, Syria
President Erdoğan declared a three-month state of emergency For his country on Tuesday.
“Two major earthquakes, whose epicenters are the Pazarcık and Elbistan districts of Kahramanmaraş, have caused grave destruction in 10 provinces within a large area where 13.5 million citizens live,” he said during a speech. “Both earthquakes occurred within seven kilometers of the earth’s surface which exponentially increases their intensity.”
“The gravity of the earthquake disaster we have experienced makes it imperative for us to implement extraordinary measures,,” President Erdoğan continued.
There will also be a seven-day period for national mourning in conjunction with the state of emergency.