Residents of hardest-hit areas dig through wreckage of flattened homes

Rescuers in Turkey and Syria dug through rubble to find people trapped under collapsed buildings after Monday’s earthquakes killed more than 7,500. Crowds of volunteers gathered at Istanbul airport amid growing international efforts to send aid. Photo: Ahmed Deeb for The Wall Street Journal

BELEN, Turkey—As the sun went down Tuesday over Girne Street, dozens of people, their hands and arms limned with ghostly gray dust, silently combed the wreckage of flattened apartment blocks. 

Ismail Parlak and his wife dug through the rubble looking for Mr. Parlak’s mother, entombed, they said, somewhere under six stories of collapsed concrete and contorted metal.

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