March 23, 2023

Outcry due to earthquake devastation in Turkey-Syria, death toll crossed 5000, know all the updates till now

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Thousands still buried under the rubble of Turkey-Syria devastating earthquake
Many countries including India sent help, 7 days national mourning declared in Turkey

Turkey-Syria Earthquake: More than 5000 people have died so far due to the powerful earthquake of 7.8 magnitude in Turkey and Syria (Turkeh-Syria Earthquake) and aftershocks. Countries around the world have sent teams to aid in the rescue efforts. Turkey’s Disaster Management Agency said that more than 24,400 personnel of emergency services are engaged in relief and rescue operations. Officials fear that the death toll from the quake and aftershocks that struck before dawn on Monday could rise, as rescuers continued to search for people trapped under the rubble on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a huge fire broke out in a part of the port in a city hit by the earthquake in southeast Turkey. Pictures aired on television showed black smoke billowing from a burning container at the port of Iskandreyan. The Turkish Coast Guard vessel is helping with the efforts to extinguish the fire. Rescue workers are carefully removing concrete stones and iron rods, so that if any survivors are left in the debris, they can be taken out safely. Many people are gathering near the damaged buildings in search of their loved ones.

People took refuge in shopping malls and stadiums
The victims trapped in the disaster are getting worse. Nurgul Atay told The Associated Press that she could hear her mother’s voice under the rubble of a collapsed building in the city of Antakya, the capital of Hatay province, but no one tried to rescue her. He said, “We could reach them by removing the concrete slabs. My mother is 70 years old, she will not be able to bear all this for long.

Medical aid organization ‘Doctors Without Borders’ confirmed on Tuesday that one of its employees was among those who lost their lives due to the collapse of a house in Syria’s Idlib province. Many others have lost their family members. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 30 kilometers from the Turkish city of Gaziantep. People in earthquake-affected areas have taken shelter in shopping malls, stadiums, mosques and community centres.

Many people died in Syria too
According to figures released by Turkish authorities on Tuesday, at least 3,381 died in Turkey’s 10 provinces, while more than 20,000 people were injured. According to the Syrian Ministry of Health, the number of people who lost their lives in earthquake-related incidents in Syrian government-held areas has increased to 769, while around 1,450 people are injured. Groups working in the country’s rebel-held northwest said at least 450 people were killed and many more wounded.

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7 days national mourning
After the disaster, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced seven days of national mourning. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol first announced to help Turkey. He said he was ready to send medical supplies and 50 soldiers, along with a search and rescue team of 60 personnel. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from India left for Turkey on Tuesday to help in relief and rescue operations. Pakistan’s government sent a plane with relief supplies and a 50-member search and rescue team early Tuesday and said it would run daily aid flights to Syria and Turkey from Wednesday.
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According to a statement issued by the government, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will visit Ankara on Wednesday to express his condolences and solidarity. US President Joe Biden called Erdoğan and expressed condolences to Turkey, an ally of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and offered assistance in this hour of crisis. The White House said it was sending search and rescue teams to aid Turkey’s efforts.

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