A 45-year-old man was rescued on Friday from the rubble of the Turkey earthquake after more than 11 days in another miraculous survival even as the death toll in the catastrophe went past the 43,000 mark.
The man, Hakan Yasinoğlu, spent 278 hours beneath the rubble, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency. TV footage showed him being carried out of a flattened building on a stretcher to an ambulance.
278 saat sonra enkazın altından sağ olarak çıkarılan Hakan Yasinoğlu umutların tükenmediğini gösterdi pic.twitter.com/d6l2j9eBNs
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Search teams working overnight also found a woman and two men alive in earthquake wreckage.
Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu updated the death toll in Turkey to 39,672, bringing the overall number of earthquake fatalities in both Turkey and Syria to 43,360.
The figure will increase further as search teams retrieve more bodies amid the devastation. Thousands have been injured in the earthquake and millions are homeless amid freezing temperatures in one of the worst disasters in recent history.