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Horse Found Alive Under Rubble 21 Days after Turkey Earthquake

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Horse Found Alive Under Rubble 21 Days after Turkey Earthquake. Credit: Togzhan Ibrayeva / Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 4.0

Twenty-one days after the devasting earthquake in Turkey, a horse was found alive in the rubble of a building in the city of Adiyaman.

A clip showing volunteers teaming up to rescue the animal was shared on Twitter by Tansu Yegen. Adiyaman suffered big losses after the twin earthquakes struck Turkey on February 6.

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook southern Turkey on Monday — three weeks after a catastrophic tremor devastated the region — causing some already damaged buildings to collapse and killing at least one person.

The country’s disaster management agency, AFAD, said another 69 people were injured as a result of the earthquake which was centered in the town of Yeşilyurt in Malatya province. More than two dozen buildings collapsed.

As volunteers and relief workers continue to dig through the rubble of devasted buildings in Turkey, some stunning stories of survival are coming to the fore.

Erdogan hands out cash to earthquake victims in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Feb. 27 handed out money to children in Adiyaman on Feb. 27th.

The video of Erdoğan handing out money has stirred a huge reaction on social media, as people deemed the moment “shameful.”

According to Duvar English, Erdoğan’s move came after he asked for “blessing” from Adıyaman citizens, admitting that the government had failed to respond adequately in the “first couple of days” after the major quakes.

“In the first couple of days, in Adıyaman, we were, unfortunately, unable to run the (rescue and search) works with the efficiency we desired, due to the destructive effect of the quakes, the negative weather conditions and the difficulties that were brought by the damaged infrastructure.

“I ask for your blessing because of this. We are aware of everything and no one should have a doubt that we are doing and will do what is necessary,” he said on Feb. 27 in  Adıyman, according to Duvar English.

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