In Alleppo, Syria, a woman trapped beneath a collapsing structure gave birth to a baby while she was there, miraculously saving him from certain death before rescuers could reach her.
The dramatic sight was only one of several dramas playing out in the devastated cities in southern Turkey and Syria.
Thousands of people are still believed to be buried beneath their homes, and rescue personnel is racing against time to free them.
Although the death toll in Syria and Turkey has already topped 5,000, rescue personnel worry that the final toll may be closer to 20,000 due to many people still missing in the harsh, icy winter weather.
Syria already faces a dire refugee situation due to its ten-year civil war.
The region of the earthquake that was most severely hit is held by both government and rebel forces.
Senior WHO officials stated that while Turkey could respond to the devastation caused by the earthquake on Monday, the requirements in Syria were more pressing.
According to Adelheid Marschang, WHO Senior Emergency Officer, “the needs are greatest everywhere in Syria after nearly 12 years of protracted, complicated catastrophe, while humanitarian assistance continues to diminish.”
⚠️ BREAKING: Baby born under earthquake rubble has been rescued in Aleppo, Syria.
The mother, who was trapped under the debris, has tragically died. #TurkeyEarthquake pic.twitter.com/zsR37Q6akt
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