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A father in mourning holds the hand of his deceased 15-year-old daughter, whose body trapped in the rubble of the earthquake in Turkey

HEARTBREAKING images show a dad holding his daughter’s hand as she lay dead beneath the rubble of the Turkey earthquake.

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The 15-year-old daughter of Mesut Hancer, Irmak, was killed when their home in Kahramanmaras crumbled during the earthquake.

In a heart-wrenching scene, Mesut is depicted sitting amidst the ruins, gazing into the distance, and tenderly holding Irmak’s hand as she lies beneath concrete and he rests on a mattress.

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She is one of the estimated 5,200 fatalities so far in the disaster, with a death toll that is feared to rise to 20,000. Graphic images from Turkey show the aftermath of the tragedy, with tower blocks collapsing and trapping people inside at 4 am on Monday morning.

Pictures broadcast on Turkish television depicted rescue workers searching through the debris in city centers and residential areas along the Syrian border.

A newborn baby was rescued in Syria after being delivered under the rubble of the earthquake.

The infant was saved just minutes after birth, as her mother bravely gave birth beneath the wreckage.

The expectant mother is thought to have been trapped beneath the ruins for over a day in the town of Jenderes in the northeast.

Tragically, the mother of the newborn baby rescued from the rubble in Syria died shortly after giving birth.

Teams of engineers, soldiers, paramedics, and handlers with trained search dogs from around the world are rushing to Turkey and Syria to assist in locating and rescuing survivors.

As people cling to life under the debris, they are sending out voice notes begging for help.

A Turkish journalist reported that survivors are sending him and other journalists videos, voice notes, and their locations.

Despite the desperate pleas for help, the journalist, Ibrahim Haskologlu, said, “we can’t do anything” and called on the international community to act.

Three British citizens were among the fatalities, according to Foreign Secretary James Cleverly in a statement to the House of Commons.

The Foreign Office’s Crisis Response Hub is working tirelessly to support British citizens as the search for survivors continues.

Another powerful earthquake hit Turkey today as rescue efforts were underway, heightening fears that over 20,000 may have died.

The 5.7 magnitude shock was the third to hit Turkey and Syria in over 24 hours, following two devastating “once-in-a-century” earthquakes yesterday.

The latest quake struck eastern Turkey at a depth of 28 miles, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). Another 5.8 magnitude earthquake soon followed, adding to the difficulties of the rescue efforts in the cold weather.

It comes as…

  • The death toll from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday is feared to be as high as 20,000.
  • The aftermath of the earthquake, including a series of devastating aftershocks, has made rescue efforts difficult with over 5,000 buildings collapsing.
  • Three British citizens are reported missing, according to Foreign Secretary James Cleverly. Trapped survivors have sent out voice notes pleading for help.
  • In Kahramanmaras, a father was seen grieving while holding the hand of his daughter whose body was trapped in the rubble of a destroyed building.
  • A former Chelsea football player, Christian Atsu, was miraculously rescued from the rubble in the same city.
  • A baby was also rescued alive from the wreckage of a collapsed building in Jindires, Syria, after his mother passed away giving birth.
  • Aid and rescuers from around the world, including the UK and Ukraine, have arrived to assist.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria on Monday, causing widespread destruction and fear of up to 20,000 deaths.

The quake sparked tsunami alerts in Mediterranean countries including Greece, Cyprus, and Italy and was felt as far away as Egypt and Iran.

The death toll could rise even further, warns the World Health Organization. Over 24,400 emergency personnel are helping search for survivors in the debris of demolished buildings. Frantic survivors are using their bare hands to dig through rubble, with some being filmed rescuing children.

Teams are using heavy machinery to cut through concrete to locate the wounded. A 6-month-old baby and its mother were rescued after being trapped under wreckage for nearly 29 hours. Ex-Chelsea footballer Christian Atsu was also rescued from the rubble but sustained injuries.

The earthquake was followed by multiple aftershocks, including a 7.5 magnitude quake that sent locals running into the streets. The quake caused a massive column of fire as a gas pipeline ruptured, and a fire broke out at the Port of Iskenderun.

The earthquake resulted in collapsed buildings across a 200-mile radius, including Gaziantep Castle which was built over 2,200 years ago.

The aftermath of the disaster leaves survivors to face freezing conditions and potential disease, with at least 20 detainees escaping from a Syrian prison. Operations have been suspended at the Port of Iskenderun, and ships have been forced to divert to nearby ports.


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