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    Turkish earthquake victim: “Cigarettes gave me life.”

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    A Turkish earthquake survivor claimed on Saturday that after spending more than 50 hours trapped beneath the debris, he resorted to his cigarette for solace.

    Ziya Soner Tugtekin, 60, and his son were found 56 hours after the earthquake in the Adiyaman province in the southeast.

    “I don’t remember how long we waited under the debris. I have no idea where the time went. When no one arrived, I was rolling and smoking tobacco using my tobacco that I had with me, Tugtekin told Anadolu.

    “I had the cigarette in my hand when I was retrieved from the debris, and they instructed me to toss it away. I didn’t since smoking gave me life, he continued.

    He counselled individuals to have a cool head and remain unmoved by disasters.

    “My wife and daughter were trying to get to me at the time of the earthquake, but the ceiling collapsed on them and my wife and daughter died there,” he added. Deniz, my kid, who weighs about 85 kilos (187 pounds), was wedged between the seat and hurt a rib.

    According to the most recent statistics, two strong earthquakes that shook southern Turkey on February 6 resulted in at least 40,642 fatalities and more than 108,000 injuries.

    More than 13 million people were impacted by the 7.7 and 7.6-magnitude earthquakes that struck 11 different provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, Elazig, and Sanliurfa. The earthquakes were centred in the Kahramanmaras province.​​​

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