Turkey Earthquake: Christian Atsu’s Apartment discovered by rescuers
Ghana has heave a sigh of relief after the authorities discovered the apartment of the Hatayaspor football player, Christian Atsu being one of the houses caved in during the catastrophic 7.7 magnitude earthquake which hit Turkey and Syria.
The earthquake affected 10 provinces in Turkey including Renaissance Residence, where Atsu and the team’s sporting director, Taner Savut lived.
As the search and rescue efforts continued, Atsu’s brother, Isaac Twasam, manager Murat Uzunmehmet and Nana Sechre were waiting for news at the site of the collapsed building.
The authorities have confirmed that the Ghanaian footballer was on the ninth floor when the earthquake struck for the building to cave in.
Miners were working tirelessly to reach the ninth floor, where Atsu was believed to be trapped, from the eighth floor block.
Though there were set backs that retarded the progress of the rescue teams but their determination and bravery has now given hope to many people especially Ghanaians who were waiting for the trapped footballer to be brought to safety.
The former Chelsea and Newcastle forward went missing in the early hours of Monday morning, with an initial 1,700 people reported dead.
The number has now risen staggeringly to 16,000 as of yesterday. Hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless in the middle of winter.
Atsu and the Sporting Director of Hatayaspor, Taner Savut, were the remaining members of his team that were missing since the disaster.
On Tuesday, many news portals reported that the Ghanaian attacking midfielder had been pulled out alive from the rubbles, but the news later turned out to be inaccurate.
Meanwhile, Ghana forward Bernard Tekpetey has joined millions of fans praying for the safe return of Atsu.