March 21, 2023

turkey and syria earthquake death toll passes 21000 first aid convoy enters northwest syria 10 latest updates

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Ankara. The death toll due to the earthquake in Turkey and Syria is increasing. Experts involved in the teams engaged in relief and rescue work in the severe cold believe that it is about 100 hours before the earthquake. While after 72 hours of a major natural disaster like an earthquake, the chances of more people surviving in the debris keep decreasing. The death toll from the earthquake in Turkey and Syria has risen to over 21,000. On the other hand, the first medical aid of the United Nations has reached the area occupied by the rebels of Syria. However, officials believe that with the passage of time, the hopes of saving more people are decreasing. Here are the 10 latest updates on the Turkey-Syria earthquake:

  • WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday that he is going to Syria. Tedros tweeted that he was on his way to Syria. Where WHO is engaged in the work of providing necessary medical services in the earthquake affected areas.
  • The bitter cold now after the earthquake has hindered the search for people buried in thousands of collapsed buildings. Due to the cold, the lives of many earthquake victims are now in danger. Thousands of people are forced to live in the open without any shelter in below zero temperature and even they are unable to get drinking water.
  • In the car parking lot of a hospital in the southern Turkish city of Antakya, people put the bodies of their relatives in body bags and started searching for other missing relatives. From this, the devastation caused by the earthquake can be estimated.
  • The death toll from the earthquake in Turkey has surpassed the death toll from the 2011 earthquake near Japan. Due to which tsunami came and more than 18,400 people were killed.
  • Meanwhile, for the first time since the earthquake, an aid convoy has reached north-west Syria held by Syrian rebels. An official at the Bab al-Hawa border said it would help save lives. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the Security Council to open new trans-border humanitarian aid routes between Turkey and Syria to deliver aid.
  • Four million people living in rebel-held areas of northwest Syria have had to rely on the Bab al-Hawa crossing as part of a cross-border aid operation approved by the UN Security Council nearly a decade ago. Guterres said that this is the time to show unity, this is not the moment to politicize or divide. It is clear that massive help is needed.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged on Wednesday that there were many shortcomings in the government’s efforts to deal with the disaster. Monday’s earthquake was the biggest to hit Turkey since 1939. When 33,000 people were killed in the eastern Erzincan province.
  • Officials and medical workers said Monday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed 17,674 people in Turkey and 3,377 in Syria, bringing the total death toll to 21,051. Experts fear that the number will continue to rise rapidly. While people’s anger has erupted over the government’s way of dealing with the disaster.
  • People said that those who did not die in the earthquake were left to die in the cold. Despite all the difficulties, however, thousands of local and foreign searchers have not given up on the search for more survivors. The first 72 hours are considered crucial to save lives. According to experts the average survival ratio within the first 24 hours of any natural disaster is 74%, after 72 hours it is 22% and on the fifth day it is 6%.
  • Dozens of countries, including China and the US, have pledged to help earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria. The World Bank said it would provide $1.78 billion in aid to Turkey to help with relief and rescue efforts. The World Bank said it would offer $780 million in immediate assistance from two existing projects in Turkey. While $ 1 billion will be given separately for relief and reconstruction.
  • Fitch Ratings said that in addition to a staggering number of human deaths, the earthquake’s economic impact is likely to exceed $2 billion and could reach $4 billion or more.

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