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Turkey Earthquake Rescue Workers Found Over $2 Million In Cash Under Rubble (Video,Photos)

Rescue workers in Turkey find over $2M under earthquake rubble, hand it over to authorities.



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A rescue team in Gaziantep, southern Turkey, discovered over $2 million in cash stashed away by a victim of the recent earthquake that hit the region.

On Friday, rescue workers in the earthquake-affected city of Gaziantep, Turkey made an unexpected discovery while working to save lives and retrieve bodies from the rubble. The firefighting teams, part of the Gaziantep municipality, found over $2 million dollars in cash hidden beneath the wreckage of a collapsed building.

The building in question, the “Aisha Muhammad Polat” site in Gaziantep, was destroyed by two major earthquakes that struck Kahramanmaraş in southern Turkey. The firefighters were conducting search and rescue activities when they found the large sum of money next to one of the victims who they pulled from under the rubble.

According to reports in Turkish media, the rescue team immediately documented the cash using their mobile phone cameras before putting it into a black bag. They then handed the bundles of money over to the police.

The head of the Gaziantep Municipality Fire Department, Kaveh Yilmaz, told Inson Haber that while they often encounter such situations, their priority is always to save lives. Yilmaz emphasized that his personnel work hard in the field, first trying to save the lives of citizens trapped under the rubble. He said that while doing so, they often come across valuables such as jewelry and money. However, the team prioritizes human life and hands over any valuables they find to their owners.

The firefighters’ decision to hand over the $2 million dollars to the authorities has been praised as an indication of their loyalty and honesty. The amount will now be processed according to Turkish law.

The discovery of the cash amid the wreckage highlights the significant losses that individuals and businesses suffer in the aftermath of natural disasters. As rescue workers focus on saving lives, other valuable assets, including cash, can be lost in the chaos.

The earthquake in Gaziantep was a significant event, and experts are warning that it could be just the beginning. The Turkish newspaper, “Hurriyet,” reported that the Kahramanmaraş earthquake is a warning of the great Istanbul earthquake. The experts have predicted, with a 95% chance, that a magnitude 7 earthquake will hit Istanbul, the largest and most populous city in the country, within the next 70 years. They have warned that the devastation of this earthquake will be much greater than the Kahramanmaraş earthquake.

The Turkish “Kandali” earthquake observatory predicts that an earthquake of 7.5 magnitude would hit 13,000 buildings, causing severe damage to them. Additionally, 39,000 buildings would face severe damage, and 136 buildings would sustain moderate damage.

The death toll from the Kahramanmaraş earthquake is also significant. The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority announced on Saturday that the earthquake has claimed the lives of over 40,000 people. The death toll in Syria, where the earthquake was also felt, is estimated at over 5,000. In total, the earthquake has claimed the lives of over 46,000 people in Turkey and Syria.

In conclusion, the discovery of the $2 million dollars in cash by rescue workers during the earthquake in Gaziantep highlights the significant losses that individuals and businesses can face in the aftermath of natural disasters. The priority for rescue workers is always to save lives, but other valuable assets can be lost in the chaos. The decision by the firefighting teams in Gaziantep to hand over the cash to the authorities has been praised for its honesty and loyalty. The Kahramanmaraş earthquake is also a warning of the significant risks that exist in Turkey, and experts have predicted that the Istanbul earthquake could strike at any time, causing significant damage and loss of life.

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