Khalil Ashawi is a reporter for Reuters.

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Cold, Hunger, Despair: Deaths Surpass 20,000 in Turkey-Syria Earthquake

A man sits on the sidewalk across from a multi-story building that has collapsed onto the street.

A building that has collapsed following the 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes, in Hatay, Turkiye on February 9. (Photo by Erhan Demirtas/NurPhoto)

The rescue of a 2-year-old boy after 79 hours trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building in Hatay, Turkey, and several other people raised spirits among weary search crews. But hopes were fading that many more would be found alive in the ruins of towns and cities.