Death Toll Goes Past 20,500 In Turkey-Syria Earthquake

Guwahati: The number of fatalities from the earthquakes that shook Turkey and Syria has increased to 20,783, CNN reported citing authorities. There have now been 75592 injuries reported in Turkey and Syria combined.

Turkey has experienced at least 17,406 fatalities. A total of 70,347 people have been injured due to the earthquake, CNN cited Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

The White Helmets and Syrian official media stated that at least 3,377 people have died in Syria overall, including 2,030 in rebel-held areas and 1,347 in areas under government control. CNN cited these statistics.

5,245 people have been injured in Syria as a whole, 2,295 of them in areas under government control and 2,950 in rebel-held areas.

Following approval from MPs, a three-month state of emergency to expedite rescue and assistance activities in Turkey’s earthquake-affected provinces went into force on Thursday.

According to a news report, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency on Tuesday in order to expedite search and rescue operations in the earthquake-affected counties.

According to a news report, 13 million people in 10 provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, and Sanliurfa, felt earthquakes with magnitudes 7.7 and 7.6, centred in the province of Kahramanmaras. Syria and Lebanon, two of Turkey’s neighbours, also felt the shocks.

According to CNN, Turkey has received help commitments from 16 international organisations and 75 countries as a result of the country’s recent earthquakes. He reported that there are 6,479 rescue workers from 56 different nations on the scene. He announced that teams from 19 different countries would arrive in America in less than 24 hours.

“Teams from 19 more countries will be in our country within 24 hours,” CNN quoted Cavusoglu as saying.

Following the disaster on Monday, which has already resulted in more than 20,000 fatalities and over 70,000 injuries in Turkey and neighbouring Syria, international help has begun flowing into the country.

India is assisting Turkey in the ongoing rescue effort due to the crisis that has arisen after earthquakes rattled the nation. In order to aid those affected by the recent earthquakes that struck the nation, the Indian Army has sent out disaster relief teams and established a field hospital.

India’s Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADGPI) on Thursday tweeted an image of a female Indian Army officer hugging a Turkish woman in the earthquake-affected areas of Turkey. The tweet read: “#OperationDost We Care. #IndianArmy #Turkiye.”

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