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Turkey earthquake – Girl, 3, pulled from rubble after 65 hours buried in wreckage of collapsed building

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Turkey earthquake – Girl, 3, pulled from rubble after 65 hours buried in wreckage of collapsed building


THIS is the moment a three-year-old girl is pulled alive from the wreckage of a collapsed building in Turkey.

Hero rescuers in Izmir pulled little Elif Perincek from the wreckage of the Doğanlar apartment block after she spent 65 HOURS buried in the rubble, making her the 106th person to be found alive.

Tearful-sounding rescuers cried out in delight as little Elif was pulled from the rubble

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Tearful-sounding rescuers cried out in delight as little Elif was pulled from the rubbleCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The brave three-year-old clasps her fist tightly round her rescuers' thumb

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The brave three-year-old clasps her fist tightly round her rescuers’ thumbCredit: Reuters
Members of Elif's family were also found, but tragically her brother didn't make it

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Members of Elif’s family were also found, but tragically her brother didn’t make itCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Buildings were completely flattened
Buildings were completely flattened

Izmir bore the brunt of destruction from the 7.0 magnitude quake that tore through Turkey and Greece, collapsing at least 20 buildings and sparking a mini-tsunami that swept piles of cars and debris inland, adding to the chaos.

Incredible footage shows the moment Elif is rescued after spending almost three days trapped inside the hellish mess of bricks, dust and bodies.

The crowd bursts into rapturous applause as the little girl is found alive, as tearful rescuers shout in delight and Elif is pulled from the rubble on a stretcher.

She tighly clasps one of the rescuers thumbs in her tiny fist as she is then taken carried into an ambulance and taken away for treatement.

According to NTV, little Elif was “wounded”, but it is not clear whether her injuries are serious.

Turkish Disaster And Emergency Management Presidency chief Mehmet Güllüoğlu tweeted: “God, thank you thousands of times. We removed our baby Elif from Doğanlar Apartment.”

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Elif’s mum, Seher Dereli Perinçek, and her 10-year-old twin siblings Ezel and Elzem were also rescued.

Tragically her seven-year-old brother, Umut, did not make it, with rescuers pulling his body from the debris after finding the rest of his family alive.

The three-year-old spent 65 hours trapped under the wreckage

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The three-year-old spent 65 hours trapped under the wreckageCredit: Getty Images – Getty
She was taken to an ambulance and treated for injuries sustained during the apartment block's collapse

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She was taken to an ambulance and treated for injuries sustained during the apartment block’s collapseCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The rescue team's chief tweeted that he 'thanks God a thousand times'

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The rescue team’s chief tweeted that he ‘thanks God a thousand times’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
She was wrapped in a foil blanket as rescuers pulled together to transport her to safety

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She was wrapped in a foil blanket as rescuers pulled together to transport her to safetyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Rescuers cried out in delight and hugged eachother when Elif was discovered alive

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Rescuers cried out in delight and hugged eachother when Elif was discovered aliveCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Shortly before the family was found, rescuers also pulled a 14-year-old girl to safety after she spent 58 hours trapped beneath the flattened apartment building.

Earlier search and rescue teams pulled Ahmet Citim, 70, out alive after he also had been buried under rubble for 34 hours.

Video shows the moment he was taken out of the ruins of a building in Izmir in the middle of the night after the strong quake struck the Aegean.

Rescuers cheered and clapped as Mr Citim was taken on a stretcher to receive hospital treatment, as searches continued in nine buildings in Izmir, Turkey’s third biggest city.

He was later pictured in hospital with Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, who tweeted that Citim told him: “I never lost hope.”

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Also rescued was 16-old Inci Okan, who was trapped under the rubble of the same eight-storey building as Mr Citim before being rescued after 17 hours, along with her dog Fistik – Pistachio.

National Medical Rescue Team member Edanur Dogan had held the girl’s hand while rescue teams removed the debris above her and later visited her in hospital.

Rescuers searched through the night for survivors
Rescuers searched through the night for survivors
A 14-year-old girl was also found alive
A 14-year-old girl was also found alive
Survivors were transported into ambulances
Survivors were transported into ambulances

People in the city endured nightmarish scenes after the earthquake sparked a mini-tsunami that raged through streets carrying away cars, further wrecking homes and spreading debris across the streets.

The earthquake which was centred on the Greek island of Samos has so far killed at least 64 people and injured more than 900.

Rescuers are now picking tirelessly through collapsed buildings in a desperate bid to find more survivors.

Brave Elif was rushed into an ambulance

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Brave Elif was rushed into an ambulanceCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Rescuers are working tirelessly to find survivors

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Rescuers are working tirelessly to find survivorsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Hero rescuers have been working night and day

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Hero rescuers have been working night and dayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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