Baby rescued from rubble in Ercis, as death toll from Turkey quake rises (VIDEO)


Rescue workers carry Azra Karaduman, a two-week-old baby who was pulled from the debris of the earthquake on October 25, 2011 in Ercis.


Adem Altan

A two-week-old baby has been pulled from debris in Ercis, eastern Turkey, 48 hours after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the region.

Turkish officials, meantime, revised the quake death toll up to 432, reports BBC News.  Hope of finding survivors in the two most-heavily damaged cities, Van and Ercis, was fading.

The prime minister’s disaster relief center announced Tuesday that more than 1,300 injured survivors were being treated in hospitals in eastern Turkey, The New York Times reports.

Rescue workers reportedly reached the baby, named Azra, after hours of frantic digging and were working to free the mother whose name was given as Semiha, The Telegraph reports. 

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Meanwhile, rescuers elsewhere in eastern province of Van struggled for a third day to extract survivors from the rubble.

They pulled a pregnant woman and her two children alive from the rubble, 35 hours after Sunday's quake in Van province, which shares a border with Iran.

Derya Coskun, her son Ozer and daughter Elif were plucked from the debris in Ercis, the town worst hit by the quake, The Australian reports.

Mesut Ozan Yilmaz, 18, meanwhile, survived for 32 hours under a collapsed tea house, and likened the quake to "judgment day," CNN Turk reports.

The rescues encouraged the more than 3,000 aid workers to keep digging. However, Turkish officials talked down hopes of finding more survivors.

The prime minister's office said Tuesday that more than 2,000 buildings had collapsed from the quake, The Associated Press reports. 

Dow Jones quoted local officials as saying the number of dead was certain to climb.

Reuters reports that:

Five corpses were carried out in body bags from one crumpled building alone in the hard-hit town of Ercis as bystanders wept. Workers used heavy machinery, jackhammers, shovels, pick axes and bare hands to comb through smashed concrete and steel.  

A video shows rescuers escorting the baby to the hospital.


In downtown Ercis, a town of 80,000, "every third or fourth apartment building had collapsed into a tangle of concrete," Dow Jones reports.

Residents slept in cars or tents, or outside, in freezing conditions, afraid to return to their homes as aftershocks rattled Van province.