Turkey: Turkey-Syria Earthquake Latest Updates: More than 21,500 people have died in Turkey and Syria and thousands are injured after a massive earthquake on Monday. Non-stop rescue operations are underway, but snowfall and rain are making it difficult for survivors.
Officials say 17,674 people have died in Turkey and 3,377 in Syria, bringing the confirmed total to 21,051.
On the fourth day, rescue operations are going on round the clock to save people who are still trapped under the debris.
Some of the worst devastation occurred near the quake’s epicenter between Kahramanmaras and Gaziantep, where entire city blocks lay in ruins.
India launched ‘Operation Dost’ to help Turkey and Syria in the aftermath of the earthquake. As part of the operation, India sent rescue teams, medical teams and other supplies to the two disaster-hit countries.
The death toll from the massive earthquake that hit regions in Turkey and Syria has exceeded 21,000. Turkey has so far experienced 1,509 aftershocks and tens of thousands have been injured or displaced.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continued to tour the devastated areas on Thursday. He sought to deflect criticism of the response and said he was improving. He renewed a promise to earthquake survivors that destroyed houses would be rebuilt within a year. He said the government would distribute 10,000 Turkish lira ($532) to affected families.
Meanwhile, the first United Nations emergency aid convoy crossed from Turkey to a rebel-held area of Syria on Thursday.
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