[IN IMAGES] Earthquakes in Syria and Turkey: heartbreaking scenes and human tragedies
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Videos of child rescues are surging on social media as rescuers search through debris for survivors in Turkey and Syria after devastating earthquakes.
In Syria, the White Helmets managed to extract a boy trapped in the rubble of his house, where he had been trapped since the tragic earthquake in Jandairis.
“Come on Haroon, come on,” cried the White Helmets rescuers, gently tugging the boy out of the pile of concrete, Reuters footage shows.
In earthquake-affected areas in northwestern Syria, rescue efforts have been hampered by lack of equipment and freezing conditions.
In Turkey, too, Rescue operations are ramping up.
A round of applause erupted when rescuers found a young girl named Umay under the rubble of a collapsed building in Hatay, one of the areas devastated by the earthquake.
The three-year-old girl, wearing a pink pajama top, was taken out rubble and quickly wrapped in a pink blanket before being taken for a medical examination.
Umay was trapped for hours under the rubble with her pregnant mother and father, according to the Istanbul Municipality which shared the moment on social media.
All three were rescued, adds the statement.
“My beautiful daughter Umay, your greeting has warmed us a little. Good news comes from our rescue teams in Hatay. Our backup teams are also on their way,” Istanbul Mayor İmamoğlu said on social media.
Another video showing a rescued child was also posted on social media. Turkish rescuers managed to pull a child out of her collapsed house. The little girl appears weak, but was also taken to hospital for treatment.
The scenes of joy are nevertheless overshadowed by extremely difficult moments. Hundreds of parents are faced with the death of their children.
This is particularly the case of Mesut Hancer photographed holding the hand of his 15-year-old daughter, Irmak, who died during the earthquake in Kahramanmaras, near the epicenter of the earthquake.
The first 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria early Monday, toppling apartment buildings, destroying hospitals and leaving thousands injured or homeless.