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Turkey-Syria earthquake: death toll exceeds 21,000, first medical team reaches northwest Syria, here are the latest 10 updates



Ankara. The death toll from the earthquake in Turkey and Syria is rising. Experts involved with teams engaged in extreme cold relief and rescue work believe that after 72 hours of the quake, hopes of more people surviving in the debris are steadily dwindling. According to the AFP news agency, the death toll from the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria stands at more than 21,000. Meanwhile, the first UN medical aid has reached the rebel-occupied area of ​​Syria. . However, officials believe that over time hopes of saving more people are dwindling. Here are the latest 10 updates on the Turkey-Syria earthquake:

  • , WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday he would visit Syria. Tedros tweeted that he was on his way to Syria. Where WHO is working to provide needed medical services in earthquake affected areas.
  • , The freezing cold after the earthquake hampered the search for people buried in thousands of collapsed buildings. Due to the cold, the lives of many victims of the earthquake are now in danger. Thousands of people are forced to live in the open without any shelter in sub-zero temperatures and even they are unable to get drinking water.
  • , In the parking lot of a hospital in the southern Turkish city of Antakya, people put their loved ones in body bags as they search for other missing relatives. From this, the devastation caused by the earthquake can be estimated.
  • , The death toll from the earthquake in Turkey exceeded the death toll from the 2011 earthquake near Japan. Due to which the tsunami came and more than 18,400 people were killed.
  • , Meanwhile, for the first time since the earthquake, an aid convoy reached northwestern Syria held by Syrian rebels. An official at the Bab al-Hawa border post said it would help save lives. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the Security Council to open new cross-border humanitarian aid routes between Turkey and Syria to deliver aid.

  • , Four million people living in rebel-held areas of northwest Syria had to rely on the Bab al-Hawa crossing point as part of a Security Council-approved cross-border aid operation almost ten years ago. Guterres said now is the time to show unity, not to politicize or divide. It is clear that massive help is needed.
  • , Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged on Wednesday that there were many shortcomings in the government’s efforts to deal with the disaster. Monday’s earthquake is the largest to hit Turkey since 1939, when 33,000 people were killed in the eastern province of Erzincan.
  • , Officials and medical workers said Monday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed 17,674 people in Turkey and 3,377 in Syria, bringing the total death toll to 21,051. Experts fear the number continues to increase rapidly. As popular anger erupted over the government’s handling of the disaster.
  • , People said that those who did not die in the earthquake froze to death. Despite all the difficulties, however, thousands of local and foreign searchers have not given up on the search for more survivors. The first 72 hours are considered crucial in saving lives. According to experts, the average survival rate in the first 24 hours of a natural disaster is 74%, after 72 hours it is 22% and on the fifth day it is 6%.
  • , Dozens of countries, including China and the United States, have pledged to help. The World Bank said it would provide $1.78 billion in aid to Turkey to help with relief and rescue efforts. The World Bank said it would offer $780 million in immediate aid from two existing projects in Turkey. While $1 billion will be given separately for relief and reconstruction.
  • Fitch Ratings said that in addition to a staggering number of human deaths, the economic impact of the earthquake is expected to exceed $2 billion and could reach $4 billion or more.

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