site.btaUPDATED Situation in Quakes-Hit Adana Is Severe, Rescuers Searching for Survivors beneath Rubble
The situation in the earthquakes-hit Adana in Turkiye is severe. Monday’s quakes of up to 7.7 on the Richter scale resulted in at least 146 deaths and the collapse of 11 buildings, according to information by Vice President Fuat Oktay.
The exact number of buildings with serious structural damage is unknown. The people whose homes are gone or unsafe are sleeping in tent camps, located in several locations in the city, including in parks. The Turkish authorities are trying to provide them with basic necessities.
People are grieving, having lost relatives or being unable to get in contact with them. Toys are scattered among the rubble. Ambulances and hearses can be seen on the roads.
Rescuers from the Bulgarian Mountain Rescue Service have been searching for survivors beneath the rubble in Adana since Tuesday morning but without a positive result yet. Volunteer Sotir Lazarov told Bulgarian journalists that 20 to 30 people might be buried under the collapsed buildings, which do not appear old.
A team of twelve Bulgarian mountain rescuers and five dogs arrived in Turkiye early on Tuesday morning, equipped to search for survivors. Teams of the emergency directorate of Sofia Municipality are also on site.