14 people rescued by Azerbaijani expert with help of advanced imaging device

14 people rescued by Azerbaijani expert with help of advanced imaging device
# 16 February 2023 18:26 (UTC +04:00)

At least 14 people were rescued in Türkiye by an Azerbaijani expert with the help of an advanced imaging device, as search and rescue operations continue in the quake-hit country's southern regions on Thursday, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

Ceyhun Khalilov, who graduated from the National Defense University in Ukraine and received training on underwreck imaging systems in Türkiye, told Anadolu that he traveled to the earthquake zone.

Khalilov said that the imaging device he uses has advanced features, noting it is made up of two cameras and an acoustic voice recorder that can show the situation under the wreckage and offer communication with those trapped.

He also noted that he shared his findings in the wreckage with Türkiye's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), as well as with search and rescue teams.

He further said that he successfully coordinated with the teams he served and contributed to the rescue of 14 people.

"Türkiye's sorrow is our sorrow, and its joy is our joy. I am really sorry, I wish you patience. We are with you, we are here until the end," he added.

At least 36,187 people were killed by the two strong earthquakes that jolted southern Türkiye on Feb. 6, AFAD said on Thursday in the latest figures from the natural disaster.

The Feb. 6 magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes, centered in the Kahramanmaras province, affected more than 13 million people across 11 provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, Sanliurfa, and Elazig.

Several countries in the region, including Syria and Lebanon, also felt the strong tremors that struck Türkiye in the space of less than 10 hours.