‘I’m fine, dad!’ Brave five-year-old’s words to emotional father as the child is pulled from the rubble of a six-storey building after seven hours in Syria
- Ayşe Kubra Güneş was trapped yesterday under her building in Kahramanmaras
- The little girl and her family were trapped after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake
This is the heartwrenching moment a brave five-year-old girl told her father she was ‘fine’ while trapped underneath rubble during the Turkey earthquake.
Little Ayşe Kubra Güneş couldn’t move after the six-storey building she lived in collapsed in the Pazarcik district centre in Kahramanmaras.
Ayşe, her brother and her parents were buried underneath the rubble after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The rest of her family were rescued relatively quickly but Ayşe was harder to reach and was trapped for around seven hours.
An emotional video shows the little girl sobbing quietly as rescuers try to figure out a way to set her free from the building.
Ayşe Kubra Güneş showed incredible bravery as she told her Dad ‘I’m fine’
Ayşe clung to her father after rescuers managed to pull her free from the rubble, where she had been trapped for seven hours in Kahramanmaras
But Ayşe shows incredible bravery as her father speaks to her, managing to tell him ‘I’m fine here’ and ‘I’m fine, Dad’.
A second clip shows the success of the rescue, as she is carried out of the building – where she clung to her father’s hand until she was put on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
One of the rescuers told local paper Barsada Bugun what happened: ‘We scraped the mother, father and son with our own nails.’
Heroic tales of children being rescued from the earthquake’s devastation have been seen throughout Turkey and Syria.
Another young girl, called Nour, was pulled out from the wreckage in Aleppo, Syria as her father told her ‘Dad is here, don’t be scared’.
The rescue team then broke through large rocks to free her and told her to keep her eyes on her father as they were doing so.
Another earthquake rocked Turkey early this morning after yesterday’s devastation saw two others batter the country, killing more than 5,000 people.
Today’s 5.8-magnitude quake struck at a depth of 1.2 miles in central Turkey, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.
Three of the most impacted areas have been Kahramanmaras – where Ayşe was rescued and which has seen some of the heaviest devastation due to its position near the epicentre – as well as Hatay and Adiyaman.
A winter storm causing freezing temperatures has been hampering those working desperately to free people from the rubble of destroyed buildings.
The WHO has warned that the total toll could hit 20,000 and that 23 million people could be affected.
The US Geological Survey said Monday’s first 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck at 4:17 am (0117 GMT) at a depth of about 11 miles.
The initial earthquake was so powerful it was felt as far away as Greenland and was followed by a series of more than 200 aftershocks, including a 7.5-magnitude tremor that struck in the middle of search and rescue work on Monday.
The earthquake, which was followed by aftershocks, was the biggest recorded worldwide by the US Geological Survey since one in the remote South Atlantic in August 2021.
It is the deadliest in Turkey since one of similar magnitude in 1999 that killed more than 17,000.
A second clip shows the success of the rescue, as she is carried out of the building
Another young girl, called Nour, was pulled out from the wreckage in Aleppo, Syria as her father told her ‘Dad is here, don’t be scared’
Pictured: An aerial view of collapsed buildings in Kahramanmaras, Turkey on Tuesday morning
Turkey: Rescue workers and civilians climb over a huge mount of concrete from a destroyed building in Kahramanmaras on Tuesday morning
Pictured: People take rest next to a bonfire in the rubble in Kahramanmaras, Turkey