At least 5,000 people have been killed in two earthquakes that devastated southern Turkey and northern Syria. Videos and pictures from the disasters show rescuers using their hands to dig trenches, apartment buildings concertinaing to the ground in a matter of seconds, and a castle that had stood for nearly two millennia crumbling to pieces.
But few photos capture the sorrow as well as one taken in the Turkish province of Kahramanmaraş, where father Mesut Hancer is seen holding the hand of his 15-year-old daughter Irmak as rescue workers and bystanders search through the collapsed structure where she died on Monday.
The grief is incomprehensible. Mesut Hancer holds the hand of his 15-year-old daughter who has been crushed to death by rubble from the earthquake in Turkey. pic.twitter.com/tq4zMeX1eh
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) February 7, 2023