A tragic mum and daughter are still missing and feared to be dead after their decade-old apartment block collapsed in the Turkey earthquake.
As of 27th March, there is still no news about the whereabouts of single mum Biray Beserikli and six-year-old Nazende Dila Acikgoz.
The 12-storey apartment complex where they lived in Antakya, Hatay Province, came crashing down in the first of the two earthquakes on 6th February.
The 250-flat building did not withstand the tremor, even though it had only been completed in 2013 and was deemed “earthquake-proof”.
More than 800 people are believed to have been trapped or killed when the building fell over.
Primary school teacher Biray, 35, had separated from her husband five years ago.
A year later, she and her daughter had moved into an apartment on the ground floor of the building, called the Ronesans Rezidans.
The rubble of the fallen building was removed 17 days after the disaster, but both mother and daughter are still unaccounted for more than a month on.
Biray’s devastated parents Nuray and Mehmet Beserikli, who live nearby, survived the disaster.
Mehmet, 62, told local media: “We immediately rushed to the Ronesans Rezidans after the earthquake.
“We waited at the wreckage for 17 days, hoping they would be found. Unfortunately, they were not found.
“I searched hospitals and cemeteries to identify dozens of bodies. I went to the cemetery complex and the hospital. We took DNA tests.
“I looked at nearly a thousand photos. I uploaded the photos to the e-government system. There is still no news.
“My wife and I are now in Bursa. I dug the graves of my daughter and granddaughter with my own hands. Where are they? Where did they go?
“They are not in the hospital or the graves of the unidentified.”
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck the district of Pazarcik, in Kahramanmaras Province, at 4.17am on 6th February.
Later that day, at 1.24pm, a 7.6-magnitude quake hit the district of Elbistan, also in Kahramanmaras Province, and was followed by 11,020 aftershocks.
At least 50,090 died in Turkey, while at least 7,250 lost their lives in Syria.