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Death toll rises by the hour – Millions estimated to be homeless – Time-to-time battle for rescue crews

Unspeakable tragedy in Turkey – Syria from the 7.8 Richter earthquake, which struck southern Turkey and northern Syria at dawn, killing hundreds of people in both countries and causing great and widespread material damage.

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According to the provisional accounts of the two countries, the dead in Turkey and Syria amount to 521.

The death toll from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey in the early hours of today has reached at least 284 dead, announced the country’s vice president Fuat Oktai, while the injured 2,323 injured.

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The provisional death toll from the earthquake rose to 237 dead and to the 639 injured, in Syria, as announced by the Syrian Ministry of Health.

Dozens of people in rebel-held areas of northern Syria have been killed and hundreds more injured or trapped under rubble, rescuers said.

In a statement, the White Helmets, a group of rescuers active in the areas controlled by the rebels, declared these zones “wounded” and asked international humanitarian organizations to “immediately intervene” to help the local population.

Every hour that passes, fears intensify that the victims will increase significantly, as 560 buildings have collapsed in the city of Gaziantep alone, reports Manolis Kostidis. There are estimates for millions of homeless peopleas 10 densely populated cities have been affected.

Seismologists estimate that the seismic tremor occurred at dawn maybe it’s worse and since the 1999 earthquake

In the wider area, it is snowing and temperatures do not exceed 2 degrees Celsius.

The rescue crews are fighting against time. Nearly 1,000 volunteer rescuers have been deployed from Istanbul to the affected areas of Turkey, according to Istanbul Governor Ali Gerlikaya.

The deadly quake hit Adana, Antiyaman, Malatya, Kahramanmaras, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana, Antiyaman, Malatya, Osmaniye, Hatay and Kilis, AFAD, the Turkish agency, said. disaster response. Greek churches have collapsed in Antioch.

At least 111 people were killed in at least three Syrian cities (Aleppi, Hama and Latakia), according to state media, while at least 10 cities were hit in Turkey. Dozens of buildings have been leveled, 130 in Malatea alone, where there are 220 injured. Turkish rescue forces are on foot searching for people in the wreckage. The earthquake was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon. The duration was at least 40 seconds according to testimonies.


The strongest earthquake occurred at 04:17 (local time; 03:17 Greek time) according to AFAD, the Turkish disaster agency.

The German Geological Survey (GFZ) calculated for its part that the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.9.

The earthquake was felt as far away as Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus, AFP correspondents reported.

It was long, lasting almost a minute, according to a Reuters news agency correspondent.

According to the mayor of Urfa, 16 buildings collapsed in his own town.

A security official spoke of 17 buildings that collapsed in the province Diyarbakiradding that residents are trapped in the debris.

The governor of Osmanige province spoke of 34 buildings that have collapsed.

The head of the Red Crescent said resources were being mobilized to help those affected, speaking of widespread damage and calling on those in damaged buildings to evacuate immediately if they could.

The Minister of Interior of Turkey Suleiman Soylu he stressed that the priority is to offer help to those trapped and appealed to citizens not to use their mobile phones unless absolutely necessary.

Videos uploaded to social media sites show damaged buildings in various communities in the region.

Footage broadcast by Turkish state broadcaster TRT showed residents storming out into the snow-covered streets.

Seismicity in Turkey is among the highest in the world.

In late November, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck the northwestern part of the country, causing about fifty injuries and limited property damage, according to authorities.

The same area was hit in August 1999 by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that killed at least 17,000 people, including around a thousand in Istanbul.

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.

Ready for EU-US assistance

The EU activated the Civil Protection Mechanism after the earthquake that occurred on the border between Turkey and Syria, while teams from the Netherlands and Romania are on their way.

“The EU expresses its full solidarity,” European Council President Charles Michel said in a tweet after the earthquake on the Turkey-Syria border.

“It was with deep sadness that I heard this morning about the devastating earthquake that struck parts of Turkey and Syria. My deepest condolences to the many families who lost their lives and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” noted Charles Michel.

The European Union is ready to offer help after the deadly and devastating earthquake that hit Turkey in the early hours, Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varkheli said on Twitter.

“Shocking to hear about the huge impact of the earthquake that killed so many people in Turkey and Syria. My deepest condolences to the families and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured. We are ready to send help in these difficult times” said Mr. Varheli.

For his part, US President Joe Biden has directed USAID and other federal government agencies to assess their response options for providing aid to the areas most affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, the National Security Adviser to USA Jake Sullivan in a statement released yesterday, Sunday.

The US is deeply concerned by the information about the devastating earthquake, he noted.

Israel also announced that it is ready to provide aid to Turkey after the powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck the central part of the country and northwestern Syria and was also felt in parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallad said Israeli security forces are ready to provide any assistance needed, and the country’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen noted that a rapid aid program is being prepared.

Zelensky: Ukraine ready to provide assistance to the friendly Turkish people

Ukraine is ready to provide the necessary assistance to the “friendly” Turkish people after the strong earthquake that struck the country earlier today, announced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Shocked by the news of the death and injury of hundreds of people as a result of the earthquake in Turkey,” the Ukrainian president said in a message on Twitter.

“We express our condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. We are at this time close to the friendly Turkish people, ready to provide the required assistance,” he added.

NATO: G. Stoltenberg in contact with T. Erdogan and M. Cavusoglu

“Full solidarity with our ally Turkey after the terrible earthquake. I am in contact with President Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and NATO Allies are now mobilizing support,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted.

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