Turkey-Syria Earthquake Updates: Freezing temperatures deepened the misery for survivors of the massive earthquake in Turkey and Syria on Day-4 as rescuers raced to save countless people still trapped under rubble.
The death toll from Monday’s 7.8-magnitude quake has mounted to over 19,000, Reuters reported, as hopes faded of finding survivors stuck under rubble in freezing weather.
President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday admitted there were problems with his government’s initial response to the earthquake.
Here are the latest updates on Turkey-Syria earthquakes:
- Earlier, officials and medics said 14,351 people had died in Turkey and 3,162 in Syria from Monday’s 7.8-magnitude tremor, bringing the confirmed total to 17,513.
- Survivors have been left to scramble for food and shelter — and in some cases watch helplessly as their relatives called for rescue, and eventually went silent under the debris.
- Firat Sunel, Ambassador of Turkey in India lauded Operation Dost- India’s rescue operation in Turkey and said that the rescue missions show India and Turkey’s friendship. “Operation Dost is the operation of friendship as ‘Dost’ means Friends in Hindi and Turkish, this operation shows India and Turkey’s friendship. This operation includes search and rescue teams, emergency medicine and that’s why it’s very helpful," he said.
- An Indian is missing and 10 others are stuck but safe in remote regions of earthquake-hit Turkiye even as specialist teams sent by India to the West Asian country commenced their search and rescue operations, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
- Twitter has been restricted in Turkey on Wednesday, the Netblocks internet observatory said, two days after the earthquake killed more than 15,000 people.
- The Turkish embassy in New Delhi said that the volunteers who were willing to send in assistance and relief materials can deliver the items to the embassy in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
ANNOUNCEMENTVolunteers who are willing to send in-kind assistance to people in earthquake hit areas of Türkiye, kindly refer to the announcements 👇.
Please also follow @TurkishCGHyd and @TurkishCGMumbai for their announcements regarding donations accross India. pic.twitter.com/1HHQFLcm4k
— Turkish Embassy-New Delhi/Yeni Delhi Büyükelçiliği (@TurkEmbDelhi) February 8, 2023
- More than 298,000 people have been forced to leave their homes due to this week’s deadly earthquake, Syrian state media reported, in an apparent reference to the parts of Syria under government control, not those held by other factions.
- The Istanbul stock exchange announced on Wednesday that it would close for five days in response to this week’s deadly earthquake, the first such shutdown since 1999.
- Pope Francis on Wednesday appealed for global solidarity with Turkey and Syria following a devastating earthquake, and thanked those risking their lives to help.
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