At least 11,376 people have died due to the earthquakes that jolted Turkey and Syria, CNN reported citing authorities.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish President, has said that nearly 50,000 others have been injured and at least 8,574 people have died in Turkey. He made the remarks during his visit to disaster areas near the epicentre of Monday’s earthquake.
In Syria, the total number of deaths has now reached 2802. CNN reported as many as 1,540 deaths in rebel-held regions in the northwest, citing White Helmets. Meanwhile, 1,262 people have died in government-controlled areas of Syria, Syrian Health Minister Hassan al-Ghobash said, CNN reported citing Syrian state media.
In Syria, the number of injured people has reached 5,008, including 2,258 in government-controlled areas and 2,750 in the rebel-held parts.
As per the news report, Aid agencies and emergency workers have said that the death toll is likely to rise further, with many people still trapped under the rubble and freezing weather conditions hampering rescue efforts.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish President, has said that the state has mobilised all its resources. He said the two earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 that shook the nation on February 6 destroyed 6,444 buildings. He made the remarks as he inspected relief efforts in Kahramanmaras province, where two powerful quakes that shook the region, impacting nine other provinces and more than 13 million people.
“We have mobilised all our resources. The state is working with municipalities, especially AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency), with all its means,” Anadolu Agency quoted Erdogan as saying.
As per the news report, the Syrian government has said that it has established more than 100 shelters equipped with aid supplies for those affected by the earthquake in government-controlled areas, including Aleppo, Hama, Homs, Tartus and Latakia.
In Aleppo, one of the cities most severely impacted by the earthquake, a total of 126 shelters have been put up, and 52 mosques have been transformed into centres for those afflicted by the earthquake, CNN reported citing SANA.
According to the government, it has provided 23 shelters and transformed 20 mosques into aid centres in Latakia, CNN cited SANA report. Furthermore, 11 shelters have been set up in Hama, Homs and Tartus.