Irmak, 15, was one of more than 11,000 people killed in Turkey and neighboring Syria by the quakes, the first of which struck in the early hours of Monday and registered a magnitude of 7.8. It rates as «major» on the official scale of magnitude. Hours later, a second quake, with a magnitude of 7.6, struck nearby. Authorities have warned that the death toll is likely to rise.

As others searched through the rubble around her, Hancer was unable to touch any other part of her daughter’s body, who appeared to be on a mattress, a pink sheet hanging by her side as her other hand shielded the winter chill. in her orange jacket.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started visiting the worst affected areas. He was filmed embracing an old woman while she was visiting Kahramanmaras. He is also expected to visit Adana and Malatya provinces.