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Earthquakes in Turkey in Syria: the process of obtaining the corpses does not stop, 7,700 dead so far, about 200 aftershocks, 10 major updates



Nurdagi (Turkey). The death toll from the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks in Turkey and Syria has risen to more than 7,700 as more bodies have been recovered from collapsed buildings. The death toll from the earthquake is expected to rise further. Rescuers are trying to find survivors in the rubble of thousands of buildings. Countries around the world have sent teams to help with rescue and relief operations.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said at least 5,894 people were killed and 34,810 injured in Turkey after Monday’s earthquake. He said that in Turkey alone, more than 8,000 people have been evacuated from the debris of buildings and around 3,80,000 people have taken refuge in government shelters or hotels. According to CNN information, at least 1,832 people have been killed and 3,849 others injured in Syria.

10 major updates from the Turkey earthquake in Syria

,Turkey’s disaster management agency said more than 24,400 rescue workers were at the scene. But their efforts are proving weak, with Monday’s massive earthquake affecting large areas and nearly 6,000 buildings confirmed to have collapsed in Turkey alone. Efforts to reach survivors have also been hampered by sub-zero temperatures and the aftershocks of nearly 200 earthquakes, making it extremely dangerous to search for people inside the unstable structures.

,Nurgul Atay told The Associated Press that she could hear the voice of her mother buried under the rubble of the collapsed building in Antakya, capital of Hatay province, but that her efforts and those of others to enter the rubble was hampered by rescue workers and heavy equipment. left in vain. He said his mother was 70 and couldn’t fight for long.

,Around 1,500 buildings were flattened in Hatay, southeast of the quake’s epicenter, and many people complained their families were trapped under the rubble and no rescue teams or help were arriving, officials said.

,The quake, centered in Kahanmaras province in southeastern Turkey, forced residents of Damascus and Beirut to take to the streets. Doctors Without Borders’ head of mission in Syria, Sebastian Gay, said medical workers in northern Syria were working around the clock to deal with the influx of injured people.

,Thousands of people took refuge in sports centers or fairgrounds in the Turkish province of Hatay, while others spent the night outside and resorted to bonfires. Thick black smoke billows from an area of ​​Iskenderun harbor where firefighters have yet to extinguish the blaze. The fire started in a shipping container which overturned due to the earthquake.

,Authorities fear the death toll from the earthquake and aftershocks that struck early Monday could rise, as rescuers continued to search for people trapped under the rubble on Tuesday. Rescuers are facing a lot of trouble due to the low temperature and around 200 aftershocks have been felt.

,In the latest international aid pledge, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said he was preparing to quickly dispatch a 60-member relief team along with medical supplies and 50 soldiers. The Pakistani government sent relief materials and a 50-member search and rescue team to Turkey in the early hours of Tuesday. Pakistan said there would be daily aid flights to Syria and Turkey from Wednesday.

,India said it will specially send two search and rescue teams comprising dog teams and medical personnel. According to a statement from Islamabad, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will travel to Ankara on Wednesday to express condolences and solidarity. US President Joe Biden spoke on the phone with Erdoğan to express his condolences and offer help to the people of Turkey, a NATO ally.

,The US presidential palace, the White House, said it was sending search and rescue teams to help Turkey’s efforts. Thousands of buildings are said to have collapsed in an area stretching 330 kilometers between the Syrian city of Aleppo and the Turkish city of Diyarbakir.

The US Geological Survey measured the intensity of Monday’s earthquake at 7.8, the center of which was 18 km underground. Perhaps due to the first earthquake, the second earthquake occurred 100 kilometers away, the intensity of which was 7.5 on the Richter scale.

(Also from the Entry Agency)

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