ADANA, Turkey — The dozen rescuers stood still, listening for signs of survivors.
They stood atop the rubble – the remains of a 14-story structure, one of many buildings that made up an apartment complex in Adana, a city in southern Turkey about 100 miles from the epicenter of the Monday earthquake.
Residents gathered outside in the cold night and lit a bonfire to keep warm as they wondered why their buildings had survived. They also considered the risk of returning to their apartments – if only for a minute to retrieve a heirloom or two – while waiting for more help to arrive.
The weather was further delaying rescuers and humanitarian aid. The highway that connects Adana to eastern Turkey crosses mountains and has been closed due to snow. Cleanup, rescue and medical crews had to take the longer coastal route.
For now, Adana, like so many other places in the disaster areas of Turkey and Syria, relied on local search and rescue teams and volunteers.
At the building, the team resumed their work. As of early Tuesday, he still hadn’t found any survivors.