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WHO: 23 million people affected by deadly Turkey-Syria earthquake


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Trouble is already showing in Syria – WHO says it is sending emergency supplies

Twenty-three million people across Turkey and Syria are affected by the deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Gaziantep province, the World Health Organization points out, adding that this number includes about one million children.

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The shocking figures were reported earlier to the executive committee of the Organization by the senior emergency official of the WHO, Adelaide Marsag.

Problems are already looming in Syria, which is dealing with the effects of both earthquakes, with the flow of critical UN aid from Turkey being hampered by the destruction on the roads.

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“This is a crisis on top of multiple crises in the affected region,” Marsang said of Syria, adding that the country’s needs are high after “nearly 12 years of protracted, complex crisis, while humanitarian funding continues to dwindle.”

The WHO announced that it is sending emergency supplies, including medical kits for surgery and trauma treatment, and activating a network of medical teams to deal with emergencies.

“It is now a race against time,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Every minute, every hour that passes, the hope of finding survivors diminishes.”

He said that the WHO is particularly concerned about areas of Turkey and Syria from which there is no information after Monday’s earthquake.

“Listing the damage is a way to understand where we need to focus our attention,” he emphasized.

To them The dead now reach 5,021 in southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria after the deadly 7.8 and 7.7 magnitude earthquakes.

According to Turkey’s vice president, Fuat Oktay, the dead in the neighbor so far amount to 3,419. At least 1,602 people have lost their lives and thousands have been injured in Syria from the deadly earthquakes and aftershocks.


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