Muscat: Coming out alive after lying under the earthquake rubble for over 176 hours is nothing short of a miracle, but the National Search and Rescue Team of the Sultanate of Oman made the country proud by rescuing two Turkish citizens on Monday.
The woman, aged 60, was rescued alive from the rubble in the city of Hatay while another person was extricated in the Turkish city of Antakya, nearly a week after the devastating earthquakes rattled Türkiye and Syria , said the Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority (CDAA).
The two persons received the necessary treatment from the medical team at the site and was transferred to the hospital for further examination.
In a statement, the Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority said that extensive searches in a number of areas affected by the earthquake has resulted in the recovery of a number of bodies.
Since their arrival in Türkiye, the CDAA has been continuing with the search and rescue operations, providing medical care to the injured in southern Türkiye.
Colonel Mubarak bin Salem Al-Araimi, Director General of Operations and Training at the authority, general supervisor of the team, said that they have set up a camp in the Turkish city of Hatay, in coordination with the Emergency and Disaster Management Authority of Türkiye.
He pointed out that the team has carried out many searches for survivors in different locations through the use of advanced devices and equipment to detect lives under the rubble, in addition to providing medical care to those affected by medical personnel in coordination with the local authority, LEMA , and the International Field Operations Centre, working alongside with other teams.
The Colonel General Supervisor of the National Search and Rescue Team added that despite the challenges faced by the international teams, such as the heavy congestion of vehicles, and freezing cold, the team continues to provide assistance and humanitarian services to the affected people.