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Turkey, Syria. Earthquake. The death toll is increasing

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More than 28,000 people have lost their lives as a result of the earthquake that hit southern Turkey and northern Syria on Monday, the AFP news agency reported on Sunday morning, citing the latest reports of the emergency services.

In Turkey, 24,617 people died, while in Syria 3,574. Thus, the number of fatalities is 28,191. The UN, however, estimates that this tragic balance may be much higher. While in Turkey’s Kahramanmaras province, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths told Sky News that the number of victims would “double or more.” “We haven’t really started counting the dead yet,” he said.

A woman at the grave of loved ones in AdiyamanPAP/EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Living people are being pulled out from under the rubble

Even though almost a week has passed since the earthquake, people are still being pulled out from under the rubble. This was the case in Gaziantep, Turkey, where rescuers rescued a 13-year-old girl at dawn on Sunday. In the southern province of Hatay, a seven-month-old boy was rescued after spending 140 hours under the rubble.

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In the same area, a two-year-old girl was rescued, and in Kahramanmaras province, rescuers pulled a 70-year-old woman alive from the rubble. Turkey’s Anatalia news agency also reported the rescue of a 35-year-old mother and her six-year-old daughter from a destroyed building in Adiyaman province.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/SEDAT SUNA

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