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Boy, 13, pulled from rubble five days after Turkey quake

October 28, 2011 |  8:28 am

Tokay
A 13-year-old boy on Friday became the latest survivor to be pulled from a collapsed building, five days after a massive earthquake struck eastern Turkey, according to international news reports.

The youngster, identified by the Associated Press as Ferhat Tokay, was unscathed and survived until he was rescued by drinking rainwater that dripped through the rubble, the news service said, citing the boy’s uncle Sahin Tokay.

According to the uncle, who spoke to Turkish television, Azeri emergency workers were doubtful about finding the boy alive and had urged his relatives to leave the site and get some rest. Shortly after, rescuers discovered the boy.

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“He didn't even have a scratch on him!” the uncle told Turkish television. “He was hungry on the first day, but the hunger pangs later disappeared.”

The death toll from Sunday’s 7.2-magnitude quake that struck the town of Ercis in eastern Van province had risen to at least 573 people by Friday, Turkish authorities said. Some 2,500 people had been injured and thousands left homeless. Around 5,700 were now uninhabitable, according to the AP, citing local authorities.

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-- Ann M. Simmons in Los Angeles

Photo: Ferhat Tokay, 13, who survived for five days following Turkey's 7.2-magnitude earthquake,rests at a hospital after being rescued. Credit: Ahmet Izgi / Anadolu Agency / Reuters

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