Photo: AFP
Baby rescued from rubble
Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP
Aid workers search for survivors
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Photo: Reuters
Over 2,000 buildings collapsed
Photo: Reuters

Officials: Turkish quake toll reaches 432

Death toll rises in aftermath of powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake; aid workers continue to search for survivors, rescue 2-week old baby from rubble

Officials say the death toll in the powerful earthquake that hit eastern Turkey is now 432.

The prime minister's office on Tuesday also said 1,352 people were injured in Sunday's 7.2-magnitude quake.


Earlier, a 2-week-old baby girl, her mother and grandmother were pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment building in a dramatic rescue Tuesday, 48 hours after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled some 2,000 buildings in eastern Turkey.


Watch baby rescued from rubble 


Television footage showed a rescuer in an orange jumpsuit squeezing into the hulk of crushed concrete and metal to free the baby. The infant, named Azra Karaduman, was wrapped in a blanket and handed over to a medic amid a scrum of media and applauding emergency workers.


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The baby's mother, Semiha, and grandmother, Gulsaadet, were huddled together, with the baby clinging to her mother's shoulder when rescuers found them, emergency worker Kadir Direk said. There was a bakery at the ground floor of the building, which may have kept them warm, he said.


The baby was in good health but was flown to a hospital in Ankara, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported. Hours after she was freed, the two others were pulled from the large, half-flattened building and rushed to ambulances as onlookers clapped and cheered. The mother had been semiconscious, but woke up when rescuers arrived, Direk said.


Authorities said the death toll had jumped to 432 as rescuers in Ercis and the provincial capital, Van, raced against time to free dozens of people trapped inside mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris. At least nine people were rescued on Tuesday, although many more bodies were discovered.


There was still no power or running water and aid distribution was disrupted as desperate people stopped trucks even before they entered Ercis. Aid workers said they were able to find emergency housing for only about half the people who needed it.




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