6yo Miray was pulled from rubble a week after the earthquake. Now rescuers are trying to free her sister.

Six-year-old Miray spent seven and a half days trapped under the rubble of her home, after the earthquake hit Turkey and Syria last week.  

In video footage shared online, rescue crews can be seen pulling the young girl out from the wreckage of an apartment block in the southern Turkish city of Adiyaman on Monday, after being stuck for 178 hours.

"God is great," workers were heard shouting as she was lifted from the darkness and placed onto a stretcher. 

According to local media, rescuers are now working to try and free Miray's older sister, who is also trapped under the same building.


As rescue efforts continue, a 13-year-old boy named has also been found alive after spending 182 hours under the rubble of a collapsed building in Turkey’s southern Hatay province.

Rescuers can be heard clapping in video footage shared online, after the boy, named Kaan, was freed and carried away on a stretcher.


Sadly, Miray and Kaan aren't the only children who have been trapped under the wreckage of the earthquake, which has left thousands dead and injured.

The stories coming out of Turkey and Syria.

Last week, the world watched video footage of Mariam and her little brother being rescued after they were trapped under rubble in Syria for 36 hours.

The seven-year-old was found protecting her brother, Ilaaf, after their home in Besnaya-Bseineh collapsed. 

In the video footage, Mariam was heard pleading for help from emergency workers. 

"Sir, if you rescue me and my brother, I'll do whatever you want," she said. "I'll be your servant."

"No, no," the rescuer responded, assuring her that won't be necessary. 


The pair were later freed and carried away to hospital wrapped in blankets, where they are currently receiving medical care. 

According to CNN, their father, Mustafa Zuhir Al-Sayed said he, his wife, and their three children were sleeping when the earthquake hit last week. 

"We felt the ground shaking… and rubble began falling over our head, and we stayed two days under the rubble," he said. "We went through, a feeling, a feeling I hope no one has to feel."

Al-Sayed said his family recited the Quran and prayed until they were eventually found. 

"People heard us, and we were rescued – me, my wife and the children. Thank God, we are all alive and we thank those who rescued us."

A baby girl who was only a few hours old was also discovered in the wreckage of a building in the Syrian town of Jinderis last week.

The little girl was found with her umbilical cord still attached to her mother, who went into labour shortly after the earthquake hit and managed to give birth under the rubble.

"We heard a voice while we were digging," the baby's uncle, Khalil al-Suwadi, told AFP news agency.


"We cleared the dust and found the baby with the umbilical cord [intact], so we cut it and my cousin took her to hospital."

A baby girl was found in the rubble. Image: AAP

In video footage shared online, the little girl is seen covered in dust as she is pulled from the rubble of a five-story apartment building and carried away by a man to safety. 


According to the BBC, the girl's father, four siblings and an aunt were also killed in the earthquake. 

Doctor Hani Maarouf said the baby's body temperature had fallen to 35 degrees celsius and arrived at hospital with "several bruises and lacerations over all her body", the BBC reports. 

He estimated she was born several hours before being found. 

"Had the girl been left for an hour more, she would have died," he said, as per the ABC.

Doctor Maarouf said the baby was stable and currently being kept in an incubator. 

"Our only concern is the bruise on her back, and we have to see whether there is any problem with her spinal cord."


In the same town, a toddler, named Nour, was rescued from the rubble of her destroyed home, after reportedly spending a day trapped. 

In a video shared online by The White Helmets, a group of volunteers, a rescuer is seen digging through crushed concrete surrounding the girl, before she is pulled out from the wreckage. 

"Dad is here, don’t be scared... Talk to your dad," the rescuer says, before wiping dust from her eyes. 

"Thank god you're safe little girl, well done."


A photo has also gone viral of a father holding the hand of his teenage daughter, Irmak, who was crushed to death beneath the rubble of a building in Kahramanmaraş.

In the image, Mesut Hancer is seen clinging onto the 15-year-old's hand as she lies on a bed amongst the wreckage.  


What we know about the earthquake and the search for survivors. 

Over 36,000 people have died and tens of thousands have been left injured or homeless following the earthquake, which hit southern Turkey and northern Syria on Monday February 6. 

The initial magnitude 7.8 earthquake was the worst to rock Turkey this century, and was felt as far away as Cyprus and Cairo. Hours later, a second earthquake, measuring 7.5 magnitudes hit, causing further damage to buildings including hospitals, schools and apartment blocks.

Rescuers have been working in harsh conditions to dig people out of the wreckage. However, winter weather has hampered rescue and relief efforts and made the plight of the homeless even more miserable. 

"Time is running out. Hundreds still trapped under the rubble. Every second could mean saving a life," The White Helmets wrote on Twitter last week. 


In the shattered Syrian city of Aleppo, UN aid chief Martin Griffiths said the rescue phase was "coming to a close", with the focus switching to shelter, food and schooling.

Aid officials have also voiced particular concern about the situation in Syria, which is already afflicted by a humanitarian crisis after nearly 12 years of civil war.

Rescue workers in Kahramanmaras, in Turkey, currently have contact with a grandmother, mother and baby trapped in a room in a three-storey building. Rescuers were digging a second tunnel to reach them, after a first route was blocked.

"I have a very strong feeling we are going to get them," said Burcu Baldauf, head of the Turkish voluntary healthcare team. "It's already a miracle. After seven days, they are there with no water, no food and in good condition."

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has declared 10 provinces a disaster zone and imposed a state of emergency there for three months. This will permit the government to bypass parliament in enacting new laws and to limit or suspend rights and freedoms.


Erdogan also said the government will open up hotels in the tourism hub of Antalya to temporarily house people impacted by the earthquake.  

The Australians confirmed dead. 

Two Australians have been killed and a third is feared dead following the earthquake.

The remains of a woman and a man, who has been named as Melbourne grandfather Suat Bayram, were identified by family members in Turkey, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said on Saturday.

"We lost our beloved father and grandfather," Bayram’s relative, Ebru Hudaverdi, shared on social media, according to SBS.

"Our pain is too immense."

The foreign affairs department is currently providing consular assistance to the families of the missing as well as about 40 Australians who were in the earthquake-hit region.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also announced a team of 72 Australian personnel would be on the ground by the end of the week to help local authorities in rescue and recovery efforts. The country is also providing $10 million in humanitarian assistance.

"These urban search and rescue specialists are highly trained to locate, deliver medical assistance to and remove victims who have been trapped or impacted by a structural collapse," he said last week. 


"Our hearts are heavy. It is impossible to look away from the terrible and heartbreaking scenes of loss."

How you can help. 

A number of organisations are accepting donations to directly support those affected in Syria and Turkey.

Here are just a few you can donate to:

The White Helmets

The White Helmets are a group made up of engineers, pharmacists, students and other volunteers who are currently on the ground in Syria searching for survivors. 


You can donate to the group here to help provide equipment and cover the cost of fuel to transport the injured. 

"The White Helmets are in a race against the clock. Please stand with the people of Syria and the first responders and give what you can now to help the people impacted by this disaster," their website reads. 


UNICEF is currently on the ground rushing lifesaving assistance to children and families impacted by the earthquake. 

You can find out more information or donate to their emergency appeal here. 

Doctors Without Borders  

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières are treating patients in supported hospitals and have donated emergency medical kits to facilities in northwest Syria.

"[In] the first hours [of the disaster], our teams treated around 200 wounded and we received 160 casualties in the facilities and the clinics that we run or support in northern Idlib. Our ambulances are also deployed to assist [people]," Sebastien Gay, MSF head of mission in Syria, said in a statement on their website.

You can find out more information or donate here.  

This article was originally published on February 8, 2023, and was updated on February 14, 2023.

- With AAP. 

Feature Image: BBC.