Families of 263 children pulled from the rubble in Turkey cannot be reached
From CNN’s Isil Sariyuce in Istanbul and Gokce Katkici
The families of 263 children who were pulled out of the rubble in Turkey cannot be reached, the country's Ministry of Family and Social Services said Friday.
Among the rescued children whose families could not be reached, 162 children are continuing to be treated at the hospitals, while 101 children were transferred to the relevant units of the ministry and taken under institutional care after their treatment.
The ministry announced that 18 children have been handed over to their families after identity checks and verification.
Climbing death toll: More than 21,000 people have died in Turkey and Syria, and rescue workers are now racing against time to pull survivors from the rubble of collapsed buildings in freezing winter conditions.
At least 78,124 people were injured across both countries, according to authorities.
5:28 a.m. ET, February 10, 2023
Pakistan sends 22 tons of relief goods to Turkey amid earthquake aftermath
From CNN’s Sophia Saifi in Islamabad and Martin Goillandeau in London
Pakistan has sent a cargo plane carrying 20 metric tons (22 short tons) of relief goods for earthquake victims in Turkey as the search for survivors continues across the country.
"Just saw off a cargo plane carrying relief goods of 20-tonne for the earthquake victims of Türkiye. Pakistan has established an air, land & sea bridge for the provision of relief assistance for our brothers & sisters in Syria and Türkiye,” Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Friday.
"The people of Pakistan cannot forget how Türkiye came forward to help us at the time of earthquake of 2005 & super floods of 2010. The Islamic concept of brotherhood binds us in a unique relationship where we share the pain of each other," Sharif added in a separate tweet.
Pakistan sent rescue and relief teams as well as goods to Turkey on the day the earthquake struck, before deploying two contingents of the Pakistani Army emergency staff on Tuesday.
5:00 a.m. ET, February 10, 2023
Turkish president to visit Adiyaman and Malatya provinces amid devastation
From CNN's Isil Sariyuce in Istanbul
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to visit Adiyaman and Malatya provinces on Friday to inspect the areas affected by Monday’s earthquake, Turkish state broadcaster TRT Haber reported.
The provinces are located toward the south of the country, and north of Gaziantep, the epicenter of the 7.8-magnitude quake.
More than 21,000 people have died in Turkey and Syria, and rescue workers are now racing against time to pull survivors from the rubble of collapsed buildings in freezing winter conditions.
At least 78,124 people were injured across both countries, according to authorities.
3:18 p.m. ET, February 10, 2023
Teenage sisters saved from under the rubble 101 hours after quake hit
From CNN’s Isil Sariyuce
Two teenage sisters have been rescued in Kahramanmaraş city 101 hours after the massive earthquake hit Turkey, firefighters said.
In a statement Friday, the Antalya Metropolitan Fire Department said Ayfer, 15, was pulled from the rubble in the 99th hour after the quake, and her sister, Fatma, 13, was saved two hours later.
Rescuers using seismic sensors detected signs of life under the debris and conducted a 10-hour rescue operation to reach where Ayfer was located, the statement said.
The firefighters spoke with Ayfer in an effort to keep her conscious. She said she missed eating ice cream and they promised to get her some when she was out safely.
They also played music that she requested.
The firefighters traveled some 800 kilometers (500 miles) from the city of Antalya to join the rescue efforts in Kahramanmaraş.
3:21 a.m. ET, February 10, 2023
In hard-hit Turkish city, earthquake survivors mourn the dead and plea for help
From CNN's Jomana Karadsheh in Iskenderun, Turkey
Earthquake survivors in Turkey's hard-hit coastal city of Iskenderun say they are losing hope of finding those still missing.
Server Onen said he had spent days searching for his friend under the wreckage of an apartment building in the southern city.
“The first day I was really hopeful but this is the fourth day, I am getting out of hope,” he told CNN.
Others, like Suheyl Sumbultepe, have been forced to accept their loved ones are gone.
Sumbultepe, who told CNN he saw his mother’s leg, said, “I’m not able to reach her. She is there. I see her but I cannot touch her. I understand my mother is dead. I am trying to get my mother.”
“Our government helps but it’s not enough, obviously. So we are trying to get our people by our own,” he said. “We need you. We need everyone who can come and help us.”
Some, like Burak Dik, have been successful in their efforts.
Dik said he flew from London to find his sister and other relatives, who were rescued from under the rubble after 15 hours. He told CNN it’s a miracle they made it out and likened the situation in Turkey to “a very bad dream.”
“I’m speechless to be honest,” Dik said. “My feelings are all collapsed. I’m only breathing at the moment.”
7:29 a.m. ET, February 10, 2023
Father and sons rescued from under the rubble in Turkey more than 76 hours after quake hit
From CNN's Zeena Saifi and Adam Pourahmadi in Gaziantep Turkey
More than 76 hours after Monday’s devastating earthquake struck southern Turkey, three men emerged alive and uninjured from the rubble in the city of Gaziantep after frantic relatives and neighbors joined the rescue operation to save them.
Mithat Tabur, and his sons Ersin, 30, and Mustafa, 26, were rescued from the wreckage of an eight-story apartment building in the city's Ibrahimli suburb after search teams detected them in what was left of their living room.
Tabur’s wife, Ayer, was located in the kitchen without a heartbeat. Rescue teams are now trying to retrieve her body from under the rubble.
More than 100 people lived in their building and roughly a quarter of the residents made it out alive.
Omer Kocok, a relative of the Taburs, told CNN early Wednesday that his cousins were able to make contact with the rescue teams through cell phone calls — giving them signs of life.
“Ersin was the one who called us for help,” Omer told CNN.
Omer volunteered to dig, assisting rescue workers in their painstaking work of sifting through the rubble.
“It’s our responsibility. They would do the same if we were in the same situation,” he said.
Mustafa’s high school friend, English teacher Alptekin Talanci, said Mustafa was a civil engineer working for the local government. CNN reporters met Talanci outside the collapsed building, where he had been waiting in the cold for two days, hoping his friend would come out alive.
The day the quake struck, Talanci said it was snowing and he had gone with Mustafa to watch a movie at the cinema.
“At the end of it, he told me he needed to go home in case they called him to shovel and clean the roads. Right after that, the earthquake happened, and I tried to call him but I couldn’t catch any signals. In the morning, I heard that his building collapsed…I came here and saw the ruins and all of a sudden I started crying. Since then, I’ve been here, waiting for any kind of noise, any kind of help,” he said.
Talanci credits the survival of the Tabur sons and their father to Ersin’s training as a paramedic.
“He knew how to survive if these kinds of situations happened. He also had his phone with him luckily," Talanci said.
2:01 a.m. ET, February 10, 2023
Fading hopes for survivors as rescuers battle cold and death toll mounts in Turkey and Syria
From CNN Digital’s Photo Team
Photos from across southern Turkey and northern Syria show scenes of devastation and suffering as hopes fade of finding survivors more than four days after Monday's massive earthquake struck the region.
More than 21,000 people have died in both countries and rescue workers are now racing against time to pull survivors from the rubble of collapsed buildings in freezing winter conditions.
At least 78,124 people were injured across Turkey and Syria, according to authorities.
A UN aid convoy crossed from Turkey into northwestern Syria on Thursday for the first time since the earthquake hit. The six trucks carrying shelter items and Non-Food Items (NFI) drove through the Bab Al Hawa border crossing, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he is open to the idea of delivering aid via additional border crossings, other than the Bab al-Hawa, which is the only humanitarian aid corridor approved by the UN between Turkey and rebel-held areas of northern Syria.
In Syria, the earthquake's devastation heaps misery on top of an existing humanitarian crisis resulting from a more than decade-long civil war. Millions living in northwest Syria, much of which is controlled by anti-government rebels, were already suffering from the effects of extreme poverty and a cholera outbreak when the quake hit.
Now many are fending for themselves, as many Western nations have refused to send aid directly to the Syrian regime, which is under US and EU sanctions.
The Syria Civil Defense, known as the White Helmets, has warned that the hope of finding survivors is fading inside the country.
Mousa Zidane, a volunteer with the group told CNN on Thursday that in the aftermath of the quakes, "tens of thousands of families are currently homeless all over northwest Syria."
The cold weather is adding to the catastrophe, he said, as rescue teams struggle to extract people from under the rubble.
In the rebel-held Idlib governorate, a man told AFPTV on Thursday he had been digging through rubble with his hands as he searched for 30 relatives in the village of Besnaya.
Malik Ibrahim, 40, said he had retrieved 10 bodies, after searching for two days without sleep.
"It's ineffable, words fail me, it's tragic," he said. "The whole family is gone, and all our memories are buried with them."
1:27 a.m. ET, February 10, 2023
In Pictures: Here's an aerial view of the earthquake's destruction in Turkey
From CNN Digital’s Photo Team
11:01 p.m. ET, February 9, 2023
"Tens of thousands of families are currently homeless all over northwest Syria," White Helmets volunteer says
From CNN's Ruba Alhenawi
Hundreds of thousands of people in Syria have been left homeless in the middle of winter following Monday's deadly earthquakes. Across northwestern Syria — where temperatures are below freezing — many people are staying in makeshift shelters, mosques and in the ruins of destroyed buildings.
Mousa Zidane, a volunteer with the “White Helmets,” officially known as Syria Civil Defense, told CNN on Thursday that in the aftermath of the quakes, "tens of thousands of families are currently homeless all-over northwest Syria."
"Hundreds of families in Idlib are sleeping in their cars, public parks, and streets," after their homes were destroyed, Zidane said. "Even those who still have homes, they are scared to spend the night indoors, they briefly go to their homes during the day then they leave at night out of fear [of further earthquakes]."
Zidane said the cold weather is adding to the catastrophe, as rescue teams struggle to extract people from under the rubble.
"We need help searching for survivors and pulling the dead from under collapsed buildings. We urgently need to help homeless families by providing shelters, food, cloths and vital essentials," Zidane said.
People need their homes back and their dead "pulled out and buried," Zidane added.
When asked about diggers, Zidane said they were not initially available, but a limited number are now working to clear the debris. "Not enough to cover the whole area. We need more," he said.
Zidane said there is limited access to aid that doesn't cover people's needs in northwest Syria, much of which is controlled by anti-government rebels amid a humanitarian crisis resulting from Syria's more than decade-long civil war.
"We are feeling, again, like we are abandoned by the world. We are feeling like the world let us down, again, because no one came and helped us with our catastrophe," Zidane said in a tweeted video.