Turkey, Syria quake deaths pass 11,000; deadliest in decade

AFP , AP , Wednesday 8 Feb 2023

The death toll from a massive earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria rose above 11,200 on Wednesday as rescuers raced to save survivors trapped under debris in the winter cold.

Turkey - Syria
Rescue workers carry a dead body from a collapsed building, in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023. AP


Officials and medics said 8,574 people had died in Turkey and 2,662 in Syria from Monday's 7.8-magnitude tremor, bringing the total to 11,236.

Nearly 50,000 people were also injured in Turkey and another 5,000 in Syria, officials and rescuers on both sides said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave an update on the casualty figures during a visit to Kahramanmaras, a southern Turkish city at the epicentre of the initial quake. He vowed that no one would "be left in the streets.''

Television images showed him hugging a weeping, elderly woman and walking through a large crowd towards a Red Crescent humanitarian relief tent.



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