Turkey-Syria Earthquake Death Toll Passes 8000-Mark

Guwahati: At least 7,726 people have died as a result of the earthquakes that shook Turkey and Syria. Following catastrophic earthquakes, at least 42,259 people have been injured in Turkey and Syria.

Turkey was shaken by earthquakes on Monday which caused at least 5,894 fatalities and 34,810 injuries, according to Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay.

According to report, 3,849 people have been injured and at least 1,832 people have killed in Syria.

Reportedly, the general director of Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) Orhan Tatar stated that at least 5,775 buildings fell after a strong earthquake struck Turkey on Monday. According to Hulusi Akar, the defence minister of Turkey, approximately 7,500 Turkish soldiers are assisting with rescue efforts in the earthquake-affected area.

A further 1,500 workers will join the squad on Wednesday, according to Hulusi Akar. According to the CNN report, Hulusi Akar claimed that 75 military aircraft had been sent to the area. He continued by saying that four commando battalions from Cyprus and nine commando battalions from the west have both arrived in the area.

Ten southern regions that were severely affected by earthquakes received a three-month state of emergency on Tuesday from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Anadolu Agency.

While addressing the State Information Coordination Center in the capital Ankara, Erdogan said, “Based on the authority given to us by Article 119 of the Constitution, we decided to declare a state of emergency.”

“We will quickly complete the presidential and parliamentary processes about the state of emergency decision, which will cover 10 provinces where earthquakes have occurred and will last for three months,” he added.

Erdogan made his comments following the 7.7-magnitude earthquake that occurred in the Kahramanmaras province’s Pazarcik area on Monday. Later, according to the Anadolu Agency, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake with a focal point in the Elbistan district of Kahramanmaras shook the area and affected numerous other provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir and Gaziantep.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that on Monday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 struck Goksun, Turkey. Syria and Lebanon were two more nations in the region where the earthquake was felt.

In his remarks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “Both earthquakes were experienced at a distance of 7 kilometres on earth that exponentially increased the severity of the destruction,” Anadolu Agency reported.

He further said, “It has caused great destruction in a very wide area compared to their counterparts. Therefore, we are faced with one of the biggest disasters not only in our Republic’s history but also in our geography and the world.”

According to the Anadolu Agency report, Erdogan highlighted that due to the earthquake’s terrible effects they quickly ordered expert individuals and trucks from throughout the nation to move to the area.

He claimed that despite the challenges brought on by the weather, the teams worked diligently to get to the disaster area and take part in the task.

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