Boy pulled uninjured from Turkey’s quake wreckage

Posted Oct. 28, 2011, at 8:28 p.m.

ERCIS, Turkey — A 13-year-old boy was pulled from a collapsed building without injury on Friday, five days after Turkey’s powerful earthquake struck, and state-run TV said he survived by drinking rain water that seeped through cracks in the wreckage around him.

The boy, Ferhat Tokay, also used shoes under his head as a pillow and peered through a tiny gap in the wreckage to see when it was day or night outside, his uncle said.

Tokay was discovered early Friday morning, soon after rescue workers from Azerbaijan had sent the uncle and other relatives away from the site to get some rest, saying there was no chance of finding the missing boy alive.

The 7.2 magnitude quake leveled about 2,000 buildings in eastern Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 575 people and leaving about 2,500 injured and thousands of homeless.

Authorities say another 5,700 buildings are now unfit for habitation.

The government’s crisis management center said 187 people have been freed from the rubble alive.

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