‘Can anyone hear us?’: As time runs out, the search for a miracle continues in Turkey’s earthquake ruins
“When she didn’t call me, I was worried. I called her and she didn’t pick up. And so far, she hasn’t answered her phone.”
Nurten’s daughter lived in a building that was destroyed in Monday earthquake. Source: SBS News
Nurten’s two granddaughters, aged 16 and 18, are sleeping by her side.
“The children need their mother. Maybe a miracle is going to happen.”
Rescuers have spent days searching through buildings that the earthquake reduced to rubble. Source: SBS News
Less than a hundred metres away, a miracle has just happened for Taylan.
Taylan rushed off, phone in hand, calling his friends and family to tell them the good news.
Taylan’s close friends, a family of four, were trapped under the rubble of their building. Two have now been found, but the other two are still missing. Source: SBS News
Moments like that give a dose of desperately needed hope to the rest of the families still hoping their loved ones will defy the odds and be found alive.
“It was like my sister got rescued. I was just as happy.”
Relatives of those missing in Adana are holding onto hope their loved ones will be found alive. Source: SBS News
Between prayers and tears, the families of the missing try to make sense of what has happened.
The government has raised $6.5 billion for disaster prevention since.
“They don’t want to spend the money and help us.”
Ahmet’s son’s sister-in-law is also trapped in the rubble. Source: SBS News
More than 23,000 people across and are confirmed to have died as a result of Monday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
SBS News journalist Claudia Farhart filed this report from Adana, Turkey.
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