Tajik rescuers are continuing to work in the earthquake-hit Kahramanmaras province of Turkiye to rescue people clinging to life beneath the rubble eight days after Turkiye’s worst earthquake in modern history.  Meanwhile, chances of finding many more survivors are diminishing.  

The Emergencies Committee under the Government of Tajikistan says that on February 13, Tajik rescuers pulled 31 bodies from the rubble in 18 hours.  

The Emergencies Committee press center also noted that Tajik rescuers have pulled 109 bodies from the rubble.

Recall, four people, including three children, have been saved by Tajik rescuers in Kahramanmaras province.

On February 11, Tajik rescuers reportedly pulled a man his six-month-old son alive from under the rubble of a collapsed of a building.   According to statement released by the Emergencies Committee, they were trapped under the rubble of the building for six days

Turkiye’s Anadolu Agency (AA) reported on February 12 that Tajik rescue workers have found and pulled a 3-year-old baby alive from under the rubble of a collapsed building.  He reportedly spent 158 hours there.   

AA also reported on February 12 that Tajik rescuers have saved a four-year-old boy, pulling him from the rubble of a nine-story building.  He was reportedly rescued 151 hours after the earthquake.       

The operation was carried out with use of special devices for detecting people under rubble, according to AA.

Recall, Tajikistan sent a group of 50 rescuers and doctors, as well as 2.5 tons of special equipment, to Turkey on February 9 to help deal with the aftermath of the February 6 earthquake.  

This is the first time that rescuers from Tajikistan have traveled abroad to provide assistance and participate in disaster relief efforts.

A devastating earthquake of 7.8 on the Richter scale hit Southern Turkiye in the early hours of February 6 (4:17 am local time), with epicenter in the Pazarcık district of Kahramanmaras province.

According to data from the Emergencies Committee, in fact, there are no whole buildings left in the historical quarters of the town of town of Kahramanmaras.