Four days after a powerful earthquake hit Turkey and Greece, which claimed about 100 lives, a 3- year- old girl was found alive and pulled out from the rubbles of a collapsed apartment building in the Turkish city of Izmir.
Ayda was reportedly rescued from a collapsed building in the Turkish town of Bayrakli, the worst affected by the 7.0 magnitude quake which struck Turkey and Greece on Friday afternoon, October 30th.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca later clarified that the girl is three-year-old.
Izmir mayor Tunc Soyer tweeted; “We have witnessed a miracle in the 91st hour,”
“Rescue teams pulled out four-year-old Ayda alive. Along with the great pain we have experienced, we have this joy as well.”
Rescuer Nusret Aksoy told reporters that he heard a child scream and asked his colleagues for silence so they could locate where she was trapped.
The team said they saw her arm in between blocks of concrete and were able to talk to her.
Rescuers said she waved at them, told them her name, and said she was okay before asking for water and ayran, a Turkish yoghurt and water mixture.
According to the country’s Interior Ministry later said that Ayda’s mother was found dead by rescuers shortly after her child’s rescue.