A group of Georgian rescuers saved a woman who was trapped under a collapsed building in the city of Adiyaman in south-east Turkey, during rescue efforts following Monday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has killed thousands, the Georgian Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.
The body said 60 Georgian professionals, who left for Turkey on Monday along with accompanying hardware to ensure aid for the neighbouring country on the instructions of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, worked throughout the night in the city.
They found the woman under the debris of the building, with the survivor, who was able to speak, transferred to a nearby hospital.
The body added 40 more Georgian rescuers, trained in rescue and firefighting operations, would join the group in Turkey.
The Georgian professionals are equipped with modern acoustic devices, drones and communications vehicles, with the Chief of Georgia’s Emergency Management Service, Teimuraz Mgebrishvili, coordinating their work.
Responding to the devastating earthquake, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday announced a three-month state of emergency in 10 provinces worst affected by the disaster that killed at least 6,234 in Turkey and more than 2,470 in neighbouring Syria.
More than 7,800 people were rescued across the 10 provinces, according to Orhan Tatar, an official with Turkey’s disaster management authority.
The 7.8 magnitude tremor struck early on Monday near the city of Gaziantep, according to the United States Geological Survey.