x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Baby, 2, pulled alive from Turkey quake rubble 2 days on

Baby, her mother and grandmother pulled alive from rubble of an apartment building.

ERCIS, Turkey // A two-week-old baby girl, her mother and the baby's grandmother were pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment building yesterday in a dramatic rescue, nearly 48 hours after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled about 2,000 buildings in eastern Turkey.

Television footage showed rescuers applauding as the baby, Azra Karaduman, was removed from the wreckage.

Hours later, the baby's mother, Semiha, was pulled from the flattened building.

Rescuers then saved Azra's grandmother, Gulzade Karaduman, 73. Survivors were still being pulled out of the rubble last night.

The quake killed at least 432 people and injured more than 1,300.

Hundreds of rescue teams are in the area, while Turkish Red Crescent dispatched tents and provided soup kitchens. The UAE set up joint delegation of humanitarian organisations to distribute thousands of tents, blankets, food items and medicines.