Turkey earthquake: baby Azra reunited her mother as the death toll rose to 432.
Baby Azra Karaduman, a 14-day-old infant was pulled alive from the rubble of the Turkish earthquake at almost 48 hours after the disaster struck.
Baby Azra Karaduman miraculously survived despite being naked in freezing conditions. The little baby mother and grandmother were later plucked alive from the same collapsed building.
A rescuer cradled baby Azra, who was then wrapped in a blanket and handed over to a medic amid a scrum of emergency workers and journalists.
She was said to be in good health but was flown to a hospital in Ankara.
Wednesday afternoon, a ten-year-old boy was pulled alive from the rubble after an incredible 54 hours.
According to Turkish authorities, yesterday the death toll had risen to at least 432 in Ercis and the provincial capital, Van, as a result of the 7.2-magnitude quake on Sunday.
The rescue teams worked against the time to free dozens trapped inside mounds of concrete, twisted steel and construction debris.
At least nine people were rescued on Wednesday, although many more bodies were discovered.
Authorities have warned survivors not to enter damaged buildings.
Thousands spent a fourth night outdoors in cars or tents in near-freezing conditions, afraid to return to their homes.
Baby Azra’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 added.
Kadir Direk said baby Azra’s mother was semi-conscious but woke when he reached her.
Baby Azra’s uncle Senol Yigit watched the rescue from outside, sobbing:
“It’s a miracle!”
“I’m so happy. What can I say? We had lost hope when we first saw the building.”
But rescuers could not find the baby Azra’s father and there were no other signs of life in the shattered building.
Baby Azra’s family lives in Sivas, central Turkey, but was visiting the girl’s grandmother and grandfather.
A 9-year-old boy, Oguz Isler was also rescued along with his sister and cousin, but last night he was waiting at the foot of the same pile of debris that was his aunt’s apartment block for news of his parents who remain buried inside.