Rescuers and survivors continued to search for signs of life in the rubble of a hospital in Iskenderun, Turkey, a day after a devastating earthquake hit Turkey and Syria on Tuesday. Among the rubble, there is nothing to suggest that the building, less than two days ago, was a viable medical facility.
One of the hospital’s surviving doctors, who identified himself only as Dr. Devji, said it was hard to see where he worked. “I’m devastated. I see dead bodies in there, everywhere. Although I’m used to seeing dead bodies because of my profession, it’s very difficult for me,” she says.
Shocking destruction in Hatay
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck on Monday morning destroyed much of the coastal town of Iskenderun, located in the Hatay region of southern Turkey. More than 1,200 buildings were destroyed in Hatay alone.
“The doctor said there are about 15 people here, including the patients,” said Karim Shaheen, a taxi driver, looking for a colleague in one of the hospital’s wards.
“Now they’re all locked in there. No one can go near the building, there’s only one section on the third floor,” she added.
Shaheen said the extent of the damage meant further rescue efforts would depend on the arrival of drilling crews from nearby towns.
Turkish authorities say more than 12,000 search and rescue teams are working in the affected areas, in addition to 9,000 troops.
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