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Boy in Turkey Survives 70 Hours After Earthquake Under the Rubble

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Video screenshot from the moment the little boy is saved. Credit: Haber

A 7-year-old boy was pulled alive from the rubble in the city of Antiyaman, Turkey 70 hours after the deadly earthquake that claimed the lives of thousands.

In the video of the rescue Ahmet Erdem can be heard asking for chewing gum.

“We will give you gum Ahmed. We already have chocolate bread ready. Come on, my Ahmed, come on, my boy,” the rescuers can be heard saying to the 7-year-old.

According to Turkish media, Ahmet’s first words when he emerged from the wreckage were “I have school tomorrow.”

The footage from the rescue of the 7-year-old after the earthquake in Turkey was also republished by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey, who wrote in the caption “you are the future and the hope of Turkey.”

On Wednesday Greek firefighters who were sent to Turkey to assist with earthquake rescue efforts found a child still alive under the rubble of a ruined building that collapsed in the city of Hatay Turkey.

As the death toll from the earthquake in Turkey continues to rise, personnel from EMAK – the Greek fire corps’s special units for disasters – are continuing the arduous battle to save lives.

Death toll from the earthquake in Turkey climbs over 14,000

The death toll in Turkey from Monday’s earthquakes has risen to 14,014, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said, with more than 63,000 people injured.

Visiting the quake-hit province of Gaziantep, Erdoğan said more than 6,400 buildings had been destroyed and that Turkey aimed to build new three and four-story buildings in the region within one year, Reuters reports.

A total of at least 3,162 are confirmed dead in Syria, with government-held areas reporting 1,262 people dead and 1,900 killed in the rebel-controlled northwest, meaning the combined tally in both countries now stands at 17,176.

Experts have said that it is likely to continue to rise.

Hopes of finding more survivors in temperatures as low as -5C are fading. Experts say the survival rate of people trapped in the rubble is 74% within 24 hours but falls to 22% after 72 hours and 6% by the fifth day.

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