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5 survivors rescued after 9 days in the rubble after the earthquake

Five people were rescued alive today after nine days buried under rubble, following the earthquakes in Turkey that caused at least 40,000 deaths in the country and Syria.

The last rescue took place around 13:00 (GMT) in Antioquia, one of the cities most destroyed by the earthquakes and where rescue teams rescued a woman and two children alive from the rubble, trapped for 228 hours.

An hour earlier, teams rescued a 74-year-old woman, Cemile Kekeç, who lives in the city of Kahramanmaras, near the earthquake’s epicenter.

In the same city, a 42-year-old woman, Melike Imamoglu, was found alive in a collapsed building, after search teams heard her cries for help.

As a member of the rescue team declared, to the Hürriyet newspaper (based in Istanbul), the woman was in good health, despite the 222 hours she was trapped in the rubble, and “better than those who were outside”, something inexplicable, he said.

These five rescues, almost miraculous because they occurred after several days, are added to the rescue of another woman, Fatma Güngör, 77 years old, rescued in the city of Adiyaman.

The low temperatures, close to zero degrees, or even lower, in the region affected by the earthquakes, can in certain circumstances facilitate the survival of the trapped people, as explained by specialists from the Madrid fire brigade, in Spain, who participated in the rescues for several days. , to the agency Efe.

The concrete rubble protects against the extreme cold and, as it is not hot, the body does not sweat and dehydrate like in the summer, when the chances of survival would be just two or three days, they needed.

The death toll resulting from the two earthquakes, of strength 7.7 and 7.6, is already over 35,000 in Turkey and 5,000 in Syria, but it is feared that it could still rise, when the rubble begins to be removed.

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