is estimated that the Earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria on the 6th of February 2023 killed more than 20,000 people, however, a real number is still to be made public. Under all the rubble that has been created from the demolished houses still lay people that are stuck for hours with the bare minimum hope of being dug out.
Rescuers fought to find survivors trapped beneath the wreckage of thousands of collapsed buildings. However, some miraculous survival stories have emerged, including a newborn infant retrieved alive from rubble in Syria, still connected to her mother, who died in Monday’s earthquake, via her umbilical cord. A moving image of a seven-year-old Syrian girl covering her younger brother’s head under rubble has now leaked on the internet. The image has touched the hearts of many social media users.
Mohamad Safa, a UN delegate, tweeted the picture of the young child on Twitter. Fortunately, the brother-sister duo survived after being trapped for almost 17 hours.
The picture’s caption reads, “The 7-year-old girl who held her hand on her younger brother’s head to protect him for 17 hours under the rubble has survived. I don’t see anyone sharing. Everyone would share if she died! Spread happiness”.
Many social media users were moved by the image, and many commended the young girl for her generosity. As one user put it, “Miracles do occur. What a wonderful big sister you are. Under such stressful conditions, he is lovingly protective. There is yet hope for those who are still trapped. Respect to all of the rescuers who work diligently.”
Dozens of countries, including the United States, China, and the Gulf States, have committed to assist, and search and relief teams have begun to arrive by air.
Turkey is located in one of the most active seismic zones on the planet. The country’s previous 7.8-magnitude earthquake occurred in 1939, killing 33,000 people in the eastern Erzincan region.
In 1999, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Turkish area of Duzce, killing almost 17,000 people. Experts have long warned that a massive earthquake might damage Istanbul, a 16-million-person metropolis with unstable housing.
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