Soccer player Christian Atsu rescued alive after earthquake in Turkey

The former Málaga player and Ghanaian international Christian Atsu was rescued alive from the remains of the building where he was trapped after the strong earthquakes that occurred on Monday in the southeast of Turkey, reported the team where he plays, Hatayspor.

“Christian Atsu has been rescued with injuries. Our sports director, Taner Savut, is unfortunately still under the rubble,” a Hatayspor spokesman told Radio Gol on Tuesday.

The club has not given more information about his state of health.

Atsu was rescued from the building where they were also rescued alive. two other players and two members of the coaching staff from Hatayspor.

Precisely, the Ghanaian midfielder, who is going through his first season at the Ottoman entity, scored Hatayspor’s winning goal against Kasimpasa (1-0) on Sunday.

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The city of Hatay is about 180 kilometers south of the province where the earthquake had its epicenter of magnitude 7.6 that devastated the southeast of Turkey.

The 31-year-old striker has also been a member of the Porto, Chelsea or Newcastleamong other clubs.

Before his appearance was confirmed, Málaga, the team to which Atsu was on loan from Chelsea in 2016, expressed their concern for the footballer: “Turkish media point out that Christian Atsu, a former Malaguista player, is trapped under rubble after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this time of terrible anguish.”pointed out in the social network Twitter.

The most recent report indicates that almost 5 thousand people died as a result of the succession of earthquakes registered this Monday in southern Turkey, near the border with Syria, one of them of magnitude 7.4 and another of magnitude 7.6.

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Search and rescue efforts continue Due to the magnitude of the disaster, following the earthquake that has completely destroyed thousands of buildings, the number of victims in both Turkey and Syria is expected to increase considerably.

On the one hand, the Turkish authorities have notified the death of 3,381 people, as well as 15,834 injuriesas reported by the president of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Yunus Sezer, collects the Anatolia agency.

AFAD calculates that more than 6,200 buildings have been completely destroyed, mainly as a consequence of the 7.4 earthquake that shook the country at dawn and a subsequent earthquake, already at noon, which reached magnitude 7.6.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed out that the event has been “the biggest disaster since the 1939 earthquake”, which left more than 30,000 dead. The authorities estimate that there have been more than a hundred aftershocks from the first major earthquake.

(With information from EFE and Europe Press)

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