Wednesday , March 22 2023

Hopes fade for finding more earthquake survivors


DAMASCUS/ ISTANBUL: The death toll from the Turkey-Syria earthquakes has passed 17,000. At least 14,014 people have died in Turkey, according to the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while at least 3,162 have been killed in Syria.

The first UN aid convoy has reached rebel-held northwest Syria from Turkey.

Hopes of finding survivors are quickly fading and residents of southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria are criticizing what they call slow search and rescue efforts.

Yet amid the freezing cold, rescue workers are still pulling people out alive from the rubble, as search operations continue for a fourth day.

Tens of thousands of people across Turkey and Syria have become homeless after the devastating earthquakes.

Watch our video report below from an aid centre in Gaziantep in southern Turkey, where people are taking refuge.

Why did so many buildings collapse in Turkey?

As rescuers in Turkey continue to search through the rubble looking for survivors, the nation is now trying to understand why this natural disaster for which the country was supposedly preparing for more than 20 years caused so much damage to its infrastructure.

Was it that the two earthquakes were simply too violent for most buildings to survive? Or that the buildings were not up to modern construction standards? Was there negligence on the part of the authorities?

France won’t soften stance against Syria’s Assad: Macron government

France will not work directly with the Syrian government in sending aid to the country as it deals with the aftermath of Monday’s devastating earthquakes, a foreign ministry spokesman in Paris has said.

Aid in response to the earthquakes would go through non-governmental organizations and the UN mechanism, Francois Delmas told reporters in a briefing. “Our political approach is not changing and contrary to Bashar al-Assad we are working in favor of the Syrian population.”

France’s position is the same expressed on Monday by the United States which has ruled out dealing directly with the Syrian government.

More than 28,000 people evacuated from Kahramanmaras, Turkey

More than 28,000 citizens have been evacuated from earthquake-affected Kahramanmaras, Turkey’s disaster agency said in its latest bulletin.

Turkish president addresses criticism

Erdogan speaks to a crowd in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, addressing criticism of the earthquake response.

Eight-year old boy rescued after 80 hours

More than 80 hours since the deadly earthquakes struck, an eight-year-old boy has been rescued from under the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in Diyarbakir, Turkey.

The death toll in Turkey from this week’s powerful earthquakes has risen to 14,014, with more than 63,000 injured, Erdogan told reporters during a visit to the quake-hit province of Gaziantep.

He said more than 6,400 buildings had been destroyed and that Turkey aimed to build new three and four-storey buildings in the region within one year.

With the president’s latest update, the total number of people killed in Turkey and Syria climbed to 17,176. (Int’l News Desk)

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