The violent earthquake that shook western Turkey on Friday claimed the lives of 114 people, according to the latest rescuers’ report made public on Wednesday. Five days after the tragedy, rescue operations from the rubble were halted.
The magnitude 7 earthquake on the Richter scale also injured 1,035 people, 137 of whom are still hospitalized, the Turkish government disaster authority (Afad) added. Rescue workers also ended their search for possible survivors or victims, as authorities began to clear the rubble, Afad said.
Girl found 91 hours after earthquake
The city most affected by the earthquake is Bayrakli, in Izmir province, where a three-year-old girl was rescued Tuesday after spending 91 hours buried under the rubble. The joy over the girl’s rescue was, however, marred by the discovery soon after of the lifeless body of her mother, Fidan Gezgin, 38, under the rubble of the same room, Turkish media reported.
Dozens of buildings were destroyed or badly damaged by the earthquake that left more than 5,000 homeless, housed in tents in makeshift camps in Izmir province. Some 1,855 aftershocks were recorded in the area, including 46 with a magnitude greater than 4, Turkish authorities said. The earthquake also killed two people on the Greek island of Samos.
Turkey is regularly shaken by earthquakes, and Friday’s aroused fears of a major earthquake in the Istanbul region. In 1999, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck northwestern Turkey, killing more than 17,000, including a thousand in Istanbul.