Turkey-Syria Earthquake Death Toll Passes 8,500

Guwahati: The number of death in the earthquake that shook Turkey and Syria on Monday has increased to 8,764.

At least 2,530 people have been killed in Syria while the death toll in Turkey increased to 6,234.

According to Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, at least 34,810 injuries have been reported in Turkey while 4,654 injuries have been reported in Syria.

The search for survivors of the terrible earthquake that shook Turkey and Syria on Monday continues till Wednesday. Foreign aid from multiple countries has started arriving in the region.

Rescuers in southern Turkey and war-torn northern Syria are rushing to recover survivors from earthquake wreckage before they die from the cold.

Those who were unable to leave the city on Tuesday sought sanctuary in malls, stadiums, mosques, and community centres because the airport and numerous roads outside the city were blocked.

The huge pile of shattered concrete is being ploughed through by bulldozers and personnel wearing helmets as they are surrounded by dust clouds.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake, one of the greatest to impact the area in more than 100 years, occurred 24.1 kilometres (14.9 miles) beneath the surface in Turkey’s Gaziantep province, 23 kilometres (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month-long state of emergency in 10 provinces as rescuers race against time in Turkey and Syria following Monday’s devastating earthquake.

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