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Earthquake in Turkey and Syria. New balance of casualties, wounded and damage [8 lutego 2023]

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The death toll from the earthquake that hit southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria on Monday exceeded 8,700. There are more than 40,000 injured in total. Search and rescue operations are still underway in both countries.

IN Turkey The death toll is 6,234 and more than 37,000 injured, the Turkish government’s emergency and natural disasters agency (AFAD) said on Wednesday morning.

Earlier, Turkish authorities reported that 5,775 buildings had collapsed across the country. According to the latest data, more than 79,000 people are involved in rescue operations, including 3,200 from 65 countries of the world who sent their rescue teams to help, added AFAD. There are also teams from Poland among the rescuers.

Monday’s cataclysm is associated with the tragedies of tens of thousands of peoplePAP/EPA/SEDAT SUNA

The death toll in Syria

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In the areas Syria Syrian state-run media reported on Wednesday, citing data from the health ministry, that the death toll rose to 1,250 in regime-controlled militants in Damascus.

More than 1,280 people have been killed and more than 2,600 injured in rebel-held areas, according to the White Helmets civil defense organization operating there. “This balance is expected to increase significantly as more than 50 hours after the earthquake, hundreds of families are still trapped under the rubble,” the organization warned on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

Syria. Earthquake damagePAP/EPA/SEDAT SUNA

The ongoing rescue operation in both countries is hampered by freezing weather. The devastation caused by the cataclysm extends over 330 kilometers – from the Syrian city of Hama to the Turkish Diyarbakir. Representatives WHO point out that the situation of the people affected by the earthquake is the worst in Syria, devastated by war and a multi-layered crisis lasting nearly 12 years. In their opinion, the situation in regions where the media do not reach may be particularly difficult.

Image of the destruction in Iskenderun in southern TurkeyPAP/EPA/ERDEM SAHIN

The epicenter of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the region on Monday morning was in the Turkish province of Kahramanmaras. Less than 12 hours later, a second 7.7-magnitude quake occurred several dozen kilometers to the north. The earthquakes were accompanied by a series of over 100 aftershocks.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/ERDEM SAHIN



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