Turkey – Syria Earthquake : Death toll tops 21,000

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The recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria has now claimed over 21,000 lives, surpassing the initial projection of 20,000 by the World Health Organization (WHO). The death toll is expected to rise in the coming days as rescue efforts continue in challenging and freezing conditions.



The World Bank is providing $1.78 billion to Turkey, while the US is sending $85 million in aid to both Turkey and Syria. Britain is committing an additional £3 million to support search and rescue operations and emergency relief in Syria, and other countries such as France, Germany, and Greece have also sent money and support.


According to official reports, 17,674 deaths have occurred in Turkey and 3,377 in Syria, bringing the confirmed total to 21,051. The US Treasury Department has issued a license to allow earthquake-related relief efforts to reach Syria, despite the ongoing sanctions.


The aftermath of the quake has resulted in the collapse of nearly 3,000 buildings, including public hospitals, across seven different provinces in Turkey. A historic mosque dating back to the 13th century was partially destroyed in the province of Maltaya, as well as a 14-story building with 28 apartments that housed 92 people.


The World Bank will be providing $1.78 billion in aid to Turkey, while the US will be sending $85 million in assistance for both Turkey and Syria. France, Germany, and Greece have also offered support and funding for the relief efforts. The UK has committed an additional £3 million ($3.65 million) to support search and rescue operations and emergency relief in Syria.


More than 28,000 people have been evacuated from Kahramanmaraş, one of the hardest-hit provinces, with 23,437 evacuated by air and 4,607 by road and rail. Rescuers are still working to extract people trapped in the rubble, including a young girl who was rescued after three days.


Turkey’s disaster management agency, AHAD, has reported nearly 650 aftershocks since the earthquake struck, making the rescue efforts even more challenging and dangerous. Thousands of people left homeless by the quake are being housed in tents set up in stadiums and shattered city centers, with some Mediterranean and Aegean beach resorts offering hotel rooms to evacuees.



In the face of this tragedy, The WHO and UN are providing long-term assistance to the affected areas, with 77 national and 13 international emergency medical teams deployed to the region. The WHO head, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is on his way to Syria, and the UN aid chief, Martin Griffiths, will be visiting Gaziantep in Turkey and Aleppo and Damascus in Syria this weekend. The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has spoken with Turkey’s finance minister about providing assistance in both Turkey and Syria. The US is also calling for immediate and unhindered access to Syria for humanitarian aid.


The earthquakes in Turkey and Syria have resulted in a massive loss of life and widespread destruction. As rescue efforts continue and the international community rallies to provide aid and support, our thoughts and condolences go out to those affected by this tragedy.

Written by: Relaks Radio

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