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Turkey. Earthquake. Polish rescuers rescued another victim. Report from TVN24 reporter Paweł Łukasik

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Rescuers from the Polish HUSAR group, who operate in the earthquake-stricken areas of southern Turkey, have rescued another person from under the rubble. As reported by TVN24 correspondent Paweł Łukasik, the fight to get the man out lasted several hours due to the victim’s hand being jammed.

In the city of Besni in the south Turkey is TVN24 correspondent Paweł Łukasik, who reported on the activities of Polish rescuers from the HUSAR group. For several hours, they tried to extricate an elderly man from under the collapsed building. – The problem is huge, because the man has a jammed, crushed hand – explained Łukasik.

While trying to free the man, rescuers gave him drips. A heater was also placed next to the rubble, which helped to provide thermal comfort to the victim and the rescuers. The TVN24 reporter pointed out that the temperature in the mountainous regions of southern Turkey is dropping below zero.

Polish rescuers in Turkey pulled out another injured person from under the rubbleTVN24

Rescuers managed to extricate the man. “After several hours, this man is being pulled out by Polish rescuers,” Łukasik said.

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“Another good news from Turkey. The 11th person released by Polish rescuers! Well done, we are proud of you,” Andrzej Bartkowiak, the chief commander of the State Fire Service, wrote on Twitter.

The HUSAR Poland rescue group – 76 firefighters of the State Fire Service and eight trained dogs – started searching for people trapped under rubble in the Turkish city of Besni, where nearly thirty houses collapsed as a result of the earthquake.

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

The epicenter of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit southeastern Turkey and northwestern Turkey on Monday morning Syria, was located in the Turkish province of Kahramanmaras. Less than 12 hours later, a second 7.7-magnitude quake occurred several dozen kilometers to the north. Both phenomena were accompanied by a series of over 100 aftershocks.

The affected region of south-eastern Turkey and north-western Syria is seismically active and tremors are frequent. However, the latter is the most powerful cataclysm of this type in this region in recent times. In 1999, an earthquake in Izmit, Turkey, killed 17,000-18,000 people. Measurements showed that the quake had a magnitude of 7.6.


The deadliest earthquake in the history of seismic measurements was recorded in 1976 in the Chinese province of Tangshan. The official figures of the authorities spoke of 250,000 victims. They were probably greatly underestimated, because some sources gave the number of people killed as high as 650,000. The earthquake in Tangshan had an official magnitude of 7.5, although other measurements put it as high as 8.2. In turn the magnitude of 9.5 had the strongest earthquake recorded in history, in 1960, in Chile. More than 1,650 people died then.

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