“I witnessed a miracle in the 91st hour. Rescuers have rescued four-year-old Ayda alive, “Mayor Tunc Soyer announced on Twitter.
AFP correspondents saw rescuers evacuate the girl in applause in the Bayrakli district, which was badly affected by Friday’s quake.
“In these times of suffering, I also knew this moment of joy,” says the mayor.
In the 91st hour, we experienced a miracle. Rescuers took off the four-year-old Ayda safely. In addition to the great pain, we also experienced this happiness. I express my gratitude to the rescuers. Don’t let stones touch your feet. pic.twitter.com/rJvUG4nijO
– Tunç Soyer (@tuncsoyer) November 3, 2020
Wrapped in an aluminum survival blanket, Ayda Gezgin was evacuated on a stretcher to a hospital by Turkish government disaster management (AFAD) teams, according to AFP correspondents.
BREAKING: A four-year-old girl has been pulled-out alive from under the rubble in #Izmir, 91 hours after a 7.0-magnitude #earthquake hit the Turkish city. #İzmir mayor Tunç Soyer says the child’s name is Ayda Gezgin #miracle #mindfulness #earthquake #Month #Ayla pic.twitter.com/H7W6hOA4fG
– Auskar Surbakti (@AuskarSurbakti) November 3, 2020
Some rescuers filmed the evacuation with their mobile phones, in order to capture the moment.
On Monday, rescuers pulled two three- and 14-year-old girls alive in the Izmir province.
The death toll from the quake rose to 102 on Tuesday, according to AFAD.
The magnitude 7 earthquake also killed 994 people, 147 of whom were still hospitalized.
The quake, whose epicenter was located in the Aegean Sea, also affected the Greek island of Samos, where it killed two teenagers.
AFAD said search operations were continuing in the rubble of five buildings in Izmir. More than 3,500 tents and about 13,000 makeshift beds were set up for the victims.