Two-week-old girl rescued as quake toll rises
Charlotte Philby is a writer and reporter at The Independent, currently based on the news desk after six years on the Saturday magazine. She has been shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for an undercover investigative into a website offering students up to £15,000 in return for sex. She has also written for cultural magazines including Dazed & Confused and NYLON and contributed to several books, among them a biography of French street artist Blek Le Rat. A mother and born-and-bred Londoner, she spends most of her free time working on her first crime fiction novel.
Wednesday 26 October 2011
Emergency workers rescued a two-week-old girl, her mother and grandmother yesterday from the rubble of an apartment block destroyed on Sunday when a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Van, eastern Turkey, killing at least 459 people.
Azra Karaduman was clinging to her mother Semiha when a rescue worker squeezed through the twisted steel and crushed concrete to reach the family.
There were cheers as Azra was carried out, swaddled in a blanket and taken to hospital. Hours later, Semiha and her mother, Gulsaadet, were also freed and reunited with the baby, whom officials said was in good health despite her two-day ordeal.
"It's a miracle," said Senol Yigit, Azra's uncle. "We had lost hope when we first saw the building." Azra's father remains unaccounted for, and only six other survivors were found yesterday.
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