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Deadly earthquake: Call for international help from Turkey


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Estimates of millions homeless – In Turkey, seismicity is among the highest in the world

Turkey appeals for international help after the deadly 7.8 Richter earthquake leveled hundreds of buildings in southeastern Turkey, killing at least 200 people in Turkey and Syria. There are estimates of millions of homeless, as 10 densely populated cities have been affected.

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“All our teams have been put on alert,” Turkish Minister Suleyman Soylu told Turkish private TV network Habertürk, adding that his country’s government was appealing “for international help.”

The governor of Gaziantep province advised residents to stay outside until further notice, despite the cold. While the head of the Diyanet, the Turkish public organization responsible for matters of religious worship, noted that those citizens who need it can find shelter inside mosques.

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Rescue crews and Turkish civil protection, as well as Syrian firefighters, are conducting operations to pull survivors out of collapsed buildings, according to media reports.

In Turkey, seismicity is included among the highest in the world.

In late November, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in the northwestern part of the country caused about fifty injuries and limited property damage, according to authorities.
In January 2020, a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Elazig and Malatya provinces, killing more than 40 people.

In October of the same year, a 7-magnitude earthquake killed 114 people and injured more than 1,000 others off the Turkish coast in the Aegean.

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