Turkish earthquake death toll rises to 92, three-year-old rescued from rubble

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The death toll in Turkey from Friday's powerful earthquake in western Izmir province has risen to 92, the country’s disaster agency said Monday.

A total of 994 people were injured, with 774 of them discharged from hospitals and 220 people still under treatment, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said.

Search and rescue teams are focusing on five buildings demolished in the 6.9 magnitude earthquake, according to AFAD.

Turkey's Environment and Urbanisation Minister Murat Kurum said on Monday called on those left homeless by the disaster to seek shelter at local guest houses, pointing to cold weather conditions.

“We began the process for setting up a container city. We will establish a container city with a capacity to host 1,000 people on an area of 46,300 square metres in Bayrakli district,” Kurum said.

Rescue teams in Turkey pulled a three-year-old girl alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in Izmir on Monday morning, 65 hours after the quake of 6.6 magnitude struck.

Earlier, a 14-year-old girl, Idil Sirin, was saved 58 hours after the tremor. Her 8-year-old sister, Ipek, did not survive, NTV television reported.

Turkey’s disaster agency has rescued 106 people from the debris and nearly 1,000 people were now reported injured, Anadolu reported.

Turkey’s top health association on Monday called for urgent and extensive COVID-19 testing in the city, citing conditions on the ground conducive to the spread of the deadly virus, Diken new site reported.

"It has become more difficult to conduct healthcare work in the region due to the Covid-19 pandemic,’’ the Turkish Medical Association (TTB) said. "Physical distancing, mask wearing and hygiene rules are being hindered in the areas where rescues are taking place.’’

Two teenagers have died on the nearby Greek island of Samos, the Associated Press reported on Monday, citing Greek authorities.

The earthquake was the second largest tremor to strike Turkey this year and came as the government worked to tackle multiple crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic and a slump in the value of the lira.