The death toll from the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria has exceeded 17 thousand, 14 thousand 14 in Turkey and 3 thousand 162 in Syria.
Monday’s 7.8-magnitude quake was followed by another 7.6-magnitude quake, causing further damage, according to the US Geological Survey.
Earthquake tremors were also felt in Cyprus, Greece, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, while more than 300 aftershocks have occurred since the catastrophic disaster.
It is feared that many people are still trapped under the debris, rescue operations are going on day and night to get them out, but due to severe cold and snowfall in some areas, the victims are facing difficult conditions and there are also difficulties in relief operations, in Turkey. More than 8,000 people have been rescued from the rubble of the buildings.
According to the Turkish Health Minister, around 32,000 people have been injured by the earthquake and 5,775 buildings have been destroyed in the affected areas. 57 Palestinians are also among those who died in the earthquake.
The number of injured in Syria is said to be more than 8 thousand.
According to Turkish media, earthquake victims buried under the rubble are sending videos, voice notes and live location from mobile phones.
In Syria, a woman buried under the rubble lost her life after giving birth to a child, people sat down while holding their hearts while another video has emerged on social media in which it can be seen that the Syrian girl buried in the rubble is more worried about her younger brother than herself. Yes, the viral video of two children waiting for help in Syria has melted hearts. In the Syrian city of Idlib, emotional scenes were seen after a family was pulled from the rubble forty hours later.
The World Health Organization has predicted 40,000 deaths and more than 23 million people affected in both countries, including 1.4 million children.
According to the news agency, 380 thousand earthquake victims were transferred to shelters in Turkey, more than 13 million people have been affected by the earthquake in Turkey.
State of emergency in Turkey for 3 months
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has imposed a three-month state of emergency in the earthquake-affected areas.
Speaking in Ankara, the Turkish President said that there is a difficulty in relief work due to the terrible earthquake.
He announced that 10 earthquake-prone cities in southern Turkey have been declared a disaster and a state of emergency has been imposed in these affected areas for 3 months, while 5 billion dollars have been allocated for relief work.
The Turkish president said that 45,000 shelters for displaced people will be built on a war footing, while earthquake victims are being considered for temporary accommodation in hotels in Anatolia.
He said that Turkey is currently going through the biggest tragedy in the world, more than 70 countries have offered aid and cooperation in relief operations.