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Endless tragedy: Nearly 5,000 dead in Turkey and Syria, rescue efforts continue


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3,381 dead so far in Turkey – At least 1,602 dead in Syria and thousands injured – 24,400 people are searching for survivors

A tragedy without end. Their The dead now reach 4,983 in southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria after the deadly 7.8 and 7.7 magnitude earthquakes.

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According to the latest data, the death toll from Monday’s earthquakes in Turkey rose to 3,381, the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) announced.

Orhan Tatar, an AFAD official, stated during a press briefing that 20,426 people have been injured, while 5,775 buildings have been destroyed by the earthquake.

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However, according to residents’ reports, in some areas, the rescue crews have still not arrived in some areas, while the help is insufficient.

At least 1,602 people have lost their lives and thousands have been injured in Syria from the deadly earthquakes and aftershocks that occurred in neighboring Turkey, the Syrian authorities and rescuers operating in the rebel-held areas announced today.

Syrian state news agency SANA reported that at least 812 people have been killed and 1,449 injured in the government-held provinces of Aleppo, Lattakia, Hama, Idlib and Tartus.

At the same time, the number of dead and 2,200 wounded in the areas under the control of the rebels in northwestern Syria rose to more than 790, according to the White Helmets, the rescue teams operating there.

The number of dead in these areas is expected to increase “dramatically”, again according to the rescuers.

Turkey: 24,400 people search for survivors in the wreckage

In Turkey, 24,400 people are currently involved in the search for survivors in the debris after the powerful 7.8 Richter earthquake, while 5,775 buildings have been confirmed to have collapsed.

The number of personnel was expected to increase with the arrival of additional people, although winter conditions hindered their deployment, Orhan Tatar said.

According to the Associated Press, Tatar said AFAD had received 11,342 reports of collapsed buildings, but only 5,775 of those reports had been confirmed.

About 55 helicopters had made 154 sorties to transport emergency aid and about 85 trucks were distributing food, he said. “Adverse weather conditions continue in the region. Hence, from time to time it may be difficult to transport these search and rescue teams to the area,” he added.


The WHO made a dramatic assessment of the dead, stating that they may exceed 20,000. Tens of thousands are injured and homeless, while in many areas they are making a dramatic appeal for help. More from 7,800 people have been rescued in 10 provinces, according to Orhan Tatar, an official with Turkey’s disaster management authority.

Post-seismic activity is continuous. In the early morning, a new earthquake of magnitude 5.6 was recorded. According to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center, the focal depth of the earthquake was just 2 kilometers. At 7.26 a new 4.7 Richter earthquake occurred.

The provinces of Gaziantep and Kahramanmaras have been hardest hit by the fury of Enceladus, while major damage has occurred in Diyarbakır, Malatya, Elazig, Osbaniye, Kilis, Antiyaman, Sanliurfa and Adana.

The continuous aftershocks spread terror among the residents and make the work of rescue crews in the earthquake-affected areas extremely difficult and dangerous.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake was the strongest in 84 years in Turkey. In 1939, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Erzincan killed more than 33,000 people.

Today, however, nine hours after the first impact of Enceladus (04:17 local time) a new strong earthquake of magnitude 7.5 followed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced seven days of national mourning.


Next week schools will remain closed throughout the country, while in the earthquake affected areas their operation will be suspended for two weeks, as announced by the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Defense mobilized thousands of soldiers to assist in search and rescue operations, as well as sending humanitarian aid to earthquake victims. As of 6 a.m., 13,000 rescuers, many of them volunteers, had left Istanbul in the past 12 hours, according to the Sabah news agency, citing Istanbul’s governor.


Many are directed to Hatay, where, according to reports, there is growing anger over the lack of help for people trapped under the rubble. Damage to the road network greatly complicates rescue efforts.

Difficult weather conditions

In Gaziantep, where the first earthquake struck, the temperature is around 4 to 6 degrees Celsius during the day – but is expected to plummet to -7 degrees Celsius at night. At night the temperature could reach -15 degrees in the cities and villages towards the mountains. Overnight temperatures in the city of Gaziantep dropped to -5 degrees Celsius.

In Syria the temperature is expected to be 10 or 11 degrees Celsius during the day and -3 degrees Celsius at night. New snowfalls are expected in both Turkey and Syria.


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