Survivors still being found as quake death toll tops 25,000

February 11, 2023

(AP Photo/Can Ozer)ANTAKYA, Turkey (AP) — Rescue crews on Saturday pulled more survivors, including entire families, from toppled buildings despite diminishing hopes as the death toll of the enormous quake that struck a border region of Turkey and Syria five days ago surpassed 25,000. Rescuers cheered and chanted, “God is Great!” as the last family member, the father, was lifted to safety. He said another plane carrying an additional 30 tons of medical equipment will arrive in the coming days. The total dead in Syria was 3,553, while in Turkey, officials counted 21,043 dead through Saturday. Bassem Mroue in Beirut and Ghaith Alsayed in Bab al-Hawa, Syria, and Zeynep Bilginsoy in Istanbul contributed to this report.