Death toll rises to 2,379 in Turkey earthquake

Published February 6th, 2023 - 09:34 GMT
Rescuers search for victims and survivors amidst the rubble of a building that collapsed in Adana on February 6, 2023. (Photo by Can EROK / AFP)

ALBAWABA - The death toll in Turkey's two powerful earthquakes, which struck a large swath in the southern part of the Mideast nation, rose to 2,379, according to Vice President Fuat Oktay.

The earthquakes left 14,483 other people injured in 10 provinces across Turkey, where rescue teams are searching for survivors stuck under the rubble.

Orhan Tatar, risk reduction general manager of the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), said that at least 7,840 people have been rescued, local Turkish media revealed.

In Syria, the death toll jumped to 1,136. The state Syrian Arab News Agency reported that 656 died in government-controlled areas, while the "White Helmets" group, officially known as the Syria Civil Defense, reported 480 deaths in opposition-controlled districts, CNN wrote.

The United Nations Envoy for Syria, Geir O. Pedersen, urged world leaders to send medical aid for Syrians following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which battered mostly the northern part of the country and neighboring Turkey, further north.

Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and several other nations responded by saying that they will dispatch medical aid to Turkey and Syria. Charities and other organizations are also raising donations online for the people who were afflicted by the massive tremor.

The strong earthquake was also felt in neighboring countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine and Israel.

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