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Turkey-Syria earthquake death toll surpasses 19,000, rescue efforts continue

The death toll from a massive earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria climbed above 19,000, as rescuers raced to save survivors.

People sit around a fire next to rubble and damages near the site of a collapsed building in the aftermath of an earthquake, in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, February 8, 2023. (Image: Reuters)Premium
People sit around a fire next to rubble and damages near the site of a collapsed building in the aftermath of an earthquake, in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, February 8, 2023. (Image: Reuters)

Five back-to-back earthquakes since Monday have killed over 19,000 people and left tens of thousands injured in Turkey and Syria. 

An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 centered in the Pazarcik district jolted Kahramanmaras and hit several provinces, including Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana, Adiyaman, Malatya, Osmaniye, Hatay, and Kilis. Later in the day, an earthquake of 7.6 magnitude centred in Kahramanmaras's Elbistan district jolted the region.

The earthquake was also felt in several neighbouring countries, including Lebanon and Syria. The third earthquake of magnitude 6.0 on the Richter scale hit Goksun, Turkey. The United Nations said the first quake of magnitude 7.8 that had hit southern Turkey early Monday was the county's most powerful quake in more than 80 years. 

Meanwhile, the Turkish president on Tuesday declared a ‘state of emergency ’ in 10 worst-hit provinces for the next 3 months.

 

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08 Feb 2023, 04:28:06 PM IST

After massive earthquake, Syria activates EU civil protection mechanism for assistance

"Earlier today, this morning, we have received a request from the government of Syria for assistance through the civil protection mechanism," European Commissioner for crisis management Janez Lenarcic told reporters.

08 Feb 2023, 04:12:11 PM IST

Turkey halts stock trading after $35 billion erased

“Our stock exchange has decided to halt trading in equities, futures and options markets," Borsa Istanbul said in a statement on Wednesday

08 Feb 2023, 03:53:29 PM IST

Eight year old boy rescued after 52 hours

Rescuers have pulled out an 8-year-old boy from the rubble after a long span of 52 hours in Hatay region of earthquake hit Turkey. 

Boy pulled out of rubble
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Boy pulled out of rubble
08 Feb 2023, 03:37:06 PM IST

“We cleared the dust and found baby with the umbilical cord (intact): Earthquake survivor who saved a newborn

"We heard a voice while we were digging, We cleared the dust and found the baby with the umbilical cord (intact) so we cut it and my cousin took her to hospital," Khalil al-Suwadi told AFP

Unfortunately, the mother of the bay was killed in the disaster.

08 Feb 2023, 03:21:28 PM IST

Turkey President arrives at earthquake-hit region: Reports

Amid devastating earthquake, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting a earthquake-hit area, news agency Reuters reported

08 Feb 2023, 03:12:29 PM IST

Trapped boy provided water with the help of bottle cap: Watch

08 Feb 2023, 02:59:57 PM IST

Ukraine send rescue workers to earthquake-hit Turkey

War torn Ukraine has also stepped forward and sent rescue workers to help earthquake-hit Turkey where around 10,000 people have lost their life. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Tuesday that Ukraine has specialized skills to to manage natural disasters

08 Feb 2023, 02:48:08 PM IST

China offers $4.4 million aid to Syria

Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday announced a $4.4 million emergency aid to earthquake hit Syria and other relief including food supplies and medical relief 

08 Feb 2023, 02:38:36 PM IST

Turkey resumes crude-oil exports to the Mediterranean export terminal

Aftermath of a devastating earthquake in which almost 10,000 people are killed, Turkey has resumed crude-oil flows to the Mediterranean export terminal of Ceyhan late on Tuesday, the Bloomberg reported. 

08 Feb 2023, 02:29:53 PM IST

Steve Hanke share the devastating visuals of Turkey aftermath of the Earthquake

08 Feb 2023, 02:19:41 PM IST

Japan send rescue personnel to Turkey, Syria 

Japan has also come forward during tough time for Turkey and Syria and has sent rescue personnel with crucial medical and life saving supplies

08 Feb 2023, 02:03:39 PM IST

Erdogan wants elections in May despite earthquake fallout

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working on the assumption general elections will be held in Turkey three months from now despite twin earthquakes devastating much of the southeast this week, as reported by Bloomberg.

Erdogan, who is facing one of the toughest electoral races of his two decades in power, announced 90 days of emergency rule on Tuesday. It allows him to take swift security and financial measures in the areas stricken by the disaster, which has killed more than 6,000 people in Turkey. Parliament is expected to approve the move Wednesday.

08 Feb 2023, 02:00:43 PM IST

Death toll rises above 9,500 in Turkey, Syria quake

The death toll from a massive quake that struck Turkey and Syria rose to more than 9,500 on Wednesday, official data showed, with rescuers racing to reach trapped survivors for a third day. Officials and medics said 6,957 people had died in Turkey and 2,547 in Syria, bringing the total to 9,504.

08 Feb 2023, 01:41:51 PM IST

Erdogan to Visit Affected Area; Oil Flows Resume

Turkey began deploying thousands of soldiers in areas struck by two massive earthquakes, following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement of a three-month state of emergency. Erdogan plans to visit two quake-hit provinces on Wednesday.

08 Feb 2023, 01:29:04 PM IST

Death toll in Turkey rises to 6,957

Earthquake death toll in Turkey rises to 6,957, as reported by Reuters.

08 Feb 2023, 01:21:34 PM IST

USGS shows animated seismicity map of Turkey's earthquakes

08 Feb 2023, 01:18:53 PM IST

Helicopter, plane fighting renewed blaze at Turkey's Iskenderun port

A helicopter and a plane are fighting a renewed blaze at the southern Iskenderun port, Turkey's agriculture ministry said on Wednesday, after the fire was extinguished a day earlier.

Operations at the port were shut down after a fire broke out due to the massive earthquakes that hit the region on Monday, while freight liners diverted vessels to other ports.

The defence ministry had said the fire was extinguished on Tuesday evening.

08 Feb 2023, 12:45:00 PM IST

Death toll rises to above 8,700 in Turkey, Syria quake

Death toll rises to above 8,700 in Turkey, Syria quake, AFP has reported citing officials.

08 Feb 2023, 12:32:03 PM IST

Over 6 tons of emergency relief assistance reaches Syria

External Affairs Minister Arindam Bagchi has said that over 6 tons of emergency relief assistance has reached Syria. These includes 3 truck-loads of protective gear, emergency use medicines, ECG machines and other medical items.

08 Feb 2023, 12:25:39 PM IST

Earthquake death toll in Turkey rises to 6,234

The death toll in Turkey from earthquakes in its south rose to 6,234 by Wednesday morning, the Disaster Management Authority (AFAD) said.

The number of those injured rose to 37,011, the agency said, adding that more than 79,000 personnel were engaged in search and rescue operations

08 Feb 2023, 12:10:31 PM IST

4th IAF aircraft with 54 members of the Indian Army medical team lands in Turkey

The fourth IAF aircraft with 54 members of the Indian Army medical team, as well as medical and other equipment, has landed at Adana in Turkey. The death toll from a massive earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria rose above 8,300 on Wednesday, official data showed, with rescue workers still searching for trapped survivors.

Officials and medics said 5,894 people have died in Turkey and 2,470 in Syria, bringing the total to 8,364.

08 Feb 2023, 12:03:42 PM IST

India stands forever for humanity: EAM on support to Turkey despite differences

Everyday we see ups & downs in geopolitical situations but India has stable relations with countries. As per our policy of 'Vasudaiva Kutumbakam' - India stands forever for humanity: EAM Jaishankar to ANI when asked on support to Turkey despite differences.

08 Feb 2023, 12:01:15 PM IST

Taliban administration to send earthquake aid to Turkey, Syria

Afghanistan's Taliban administration will send around $165,000 in aid to Turkey and Syria to help the response to a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck this week, according to a foreign ministry statement.

Afghanistan is in the grips of a severe economic and humanitarian crisis and is itself the location of one of the United Nation's largest humanitarian aid programs. The Taliban took over in 2021 as foreign forces withdrew, sparking enforcement of sanctions on its banking sector, and no capital has formally recognised its government.

"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan ... announces a relief package of 10 million Afghanis ($111,024) and 5 million Afghanis ($55,512) to Türkiye and Syria respectively on the basis of shared humanity and Islamic brotherhood," a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said late on Tuesday. (Reuters)

08 Feb 2023, 11:56:42 AM IST

House members in Kerala condoles loss of lives during Assembly session

Kerala Chief Minister Pinrayi Vijayan on Wednesday presented a resolution in the state assembly expressing condolences to the people who lost their lives in the deadly earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

After the question hour, all the house members stood up to pay their last respects and condolences to the people who died in Turkey and Syria. (ANI)

08 Feb 2023, 11:41:03 AM IST

Watch video: Young girl was rescued from under the earthquake wreckage in Syria

A young girl was rescued from under rubble in Jinderis, Syria

08 Feb 2023, 11:33:14 AM IST

Earthquake: NATO flags fly half-mast in solidarity with ally Turkey

Flags of all 30 member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) flew at half-mast at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels in honour of those who lost their lives in the devastating earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria earlier this week.

The flag of NATO flew at half mast on Tuesday after a deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Turkey on Monday, CNN reported. (ANI)

08 Feb 2023, 11:25:06 AM IST

Children pulled from rubble as Turkey-Syria quake toll tops 8,300

Heartrending scenes of a newborn plucked alive from the rubble and a broken father clutching his dead daughter's hand have laid bare the human cost of violent earthquakes in Syria and Turkey that by Wednesday had claimed 7,800 lives.

For two days and nights since the 7.8 magnitude quake an impromptu army of rescuers have worked in freezing temperatures to find those still entombed among ruins that pockmark several cities either side of the border. (AFP)

08 Feb 2023, 11:16:47 AM IST

Death toll rises above 8,300 in Turkey, Syria quake

The death toll from a massive earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria rose above 8,300 on Wednesday, official data showed, with rescue workers still searching for trapped survivors.

Officials and medics said 5,894 people have died in Turkey and 2,470 in Syria, bringing the total to 8,364.

08 Feb 2023, 11:13:55 AM IST

Magnitude 4.3 earthquake rocks Turkey's Nurdagi

Another earthquake of magnitude 4.3 jolted Nurdagi district, a city in Gaziantep Province of Turkey on Wednesday.

The quake was reported around 8:31 am at a depth of 10 km, 15 km south of Nurdagi at the location, 37.032°N 36.721°E, reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). (ANI)

08 Feb 2023, 11:10:29 AM IST

Death toll passes 8,300 

Turkey-Syria earthquake death toll passes 8,300 after more than 2,400 reported dead in Syria, AFP has reported

08 Feb 2023, 10:06:26 AM IST

Football players observe minute of silence for victims of earthquake

Players observed a minute of silence for victims of earthquake in Turkey and Syria prior to the start of the FIFA Club World Cup semi final match between Flamengo and Al Hilal at the Ibn-Batouta stadium in Tangier, Morocco on 7 February.

FIFA Club World Cup semi final match between Flamengo and Al Hilal
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FIFA Club World Cup semi final match between Flamengo and Al Hilal
08 Feb 2023, 09:44:14 AM IST

List of Indian cities that are more prone to earthquakes

In the aftermath of a devastating and deadly earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria, a natural catastrophe that led to the death of more than 7,500 and the numbers still rising, one pertinent question is going around in the mind of the people back home here in India. According to private agency weather forecaster Skymet, these are the five earthquake-prone Indian cities. Read more here

08 Feb 2023, 09:37:43 AM IST

Fears grow for untold numbers buried by Turkey earthquake

Rescuers raced against time early Wednesday to pull survivors from the rubble before they succumbed to cold weather two days after an earthquake tore through southern Turkey and war-ravaged northern Syria. The last two days have brought dramatic rescues, including small children emerging from mounds of debris more than 30 hours after Monday's pre-dawn quake. But there was also widespread despair and growing anger at the slow pace of rescue efforts in some areas.

“It’s like we woke up to hell," said Osman Can Taninmis, whose family members were still beneath the rubble in Hatay, Turkey's hardest-hit province. “Help isn’t coming, can’t come. We can’t reach anyone at all. Everywhere is destroyed." Search teams from nearly 30 countries and aid pledges poured in. But with the damage spread across several cities and towns — some isolated by Syria's ongoing conflict — voices crying for help from within mounds of rubble fell silent.

08 Feb 2023, 09:23:07 AM IST

Watch: Family was rescued after being trapped 40 hours under the rubble

08 Feb 2023, 08:57:21 AM IST

'Waiting for our dead': Anger builds at Turkey's quake response

With every passing moment, Ebru Firat knows the chances dim of finding her cousin alive under the rubble of a flattened building in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep. And with that fading hope, the 23-year-old's grief is being replaced by rage at the government's earthquake response.

Monday's 7.8-magnitude pre-dawn tremor killed more than 7,800 people across swathes of Turkey and Syria, injured tens of thousands and left many more without shelter in the winter cold. "I have no more tears left to cry," she said.

Despite the importance of every minute, no rescue team arrived at the scene in the critical first 12 hours after the disaster, forcing victims' relatives and local police to clear the ruins by hand, witnesses said. (AFP)

08 Feb 2023, 08:42:07 AM IST

Heart wrenching picture shows father holding hand of his daughter who died in the earthquake

Mesut Hancer holds the hand of his 15-year-old daughter Irmak, who died in the earthquake in Kahramanmaras, close to the quake's epicentre, the day after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country's southeast, on February 7, 2023 (Image: AFP)
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Mesut Hancer holds the hand of his 15-year-old daughter Irmak, who died in the earthquake in Kahramanmaras, close to the quake's epicentre, the day after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the country's southeast, on February 7, 2023 (Image: AFP)
08 Feb 2023, 08:32:01 AM IST

IAF aircraft carrying emergency relief for earthquake-hit Turkey, Syria avoids Pak airspace

Amid speculation that Pakistan did not allow Indian Air Force (IAF) planes to fly over its air space while going to Turkey and Syria for relief operations, the Indian Air Force has issued a clarification saying that its aircraft have avoided flying over Pakistan. Official told ANI that as per standard operating procedure, its aircraft have avoided flying over Pakistan. 

They said, "Our aircraft don't fly over Pakistan as this is our standard operating procedure. Our planes take a longer route by flying from the Gujarat side to avoid Pakistani air space while going towards Europe or West Asia."

08 Feb 2023, 08:22:35 AM IST

Mexico's famous search and rescue dogs are currently flying to Turkey

Mexico's famous search and rescue dogs are currently flying to Turkey following the devastating earthquakes Monday morning. 

08 Feb 2023, 08:21:17 AM IST

Turkey, Syria earthquake search intensifies

Rescuers are racing to pull survivors from earthquake rubble before they succumb to cold weather in southern Turkey and war-ravaged northern Syria. As the death toll climbed, despair and anger were growing over the pace of rescue efforts

08 Feb 2023, 07:37:40 AM IST

Chinese earthquake rescue team arrive in Turkey

Chinese earthquake rescue team arrived in Turkey early Wednesday, reported Reuters.

08 Feb 2023, 07:32:51 AM IST

Video of 7-yr-old girl protecting younger brother's head under rubble goes viral

A video of a 7-year-old girl has gone viral on social media. The girl in the video is seen keeping her her hand on her younger brother's head to protect him while they were buried by debris.

08 Feb 2023, 07:23:30 AM IST

N.Korea's Kim Jong Un sends condolences to Syria for earthquake

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent condolences to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that has killed over 7,800 people in Syria and Turkey, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, citing the North's state media. Earlier, there were speculations about Jong Un's health have again come to the fore, after his alleged disappearance before the mass parade slated to be held this week, Fox News reported on Monday. (Reuters)

08 Feb 2023, 07:18:23 AM IST

US says helping quake-hit Syria but not Assad

The United States said Tuesday it was working with partners to provide earthquake relief in Syria but would stand firm against working with the Damascus government. The United States also said it expected to send further assistance to Turkey after sending two rescue teams to the NATO ally, which suffered heavily as well in Sunday's earthquake.

"In Syria itself we have US-funded humanitarian partners that are coordinating lifesaving assistance," Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters as he met his Austrian counterpart. "We're committed to providing that assistance to help people in Syria recover from this disaster, just as we have been their leading humanitarian donor since the start of the war in Syria itself," Blinken said.

"I want to emphasize here that these funds, of course, go to the Syrian people -- not to the regime. That won't change." (AFP)

08 Feb 2023, 07:09:21 AM IST

Turkey declares emergency rule

Turkey declared a three-month state of emergency in areas struck by two massive earthquakes earlier this week, allowing the government more leeway for rescue and reconstruction efforts.

Emergency teams are racing against the clock to save potentially thousands of victims trapped in rubble after 10 Turkish cities were struck on Monday. The death toll across Turkey and neighboring Syria is nearing 8,000, while more than 11,000 buildings have been damaged from the temblors, trapping many inside in freezing temperatures.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is overwhelmed by the extent of the logistical problems and aid needed to assist the 13.4 million people living in the areas affected by the disaster. Many countries have pledged to help, including the US. (Bloomberg)

08 Feb 2023, 06:55:38 AM IST

IMF's Gita Gopinath extends deepest sympathies to those affected by earthquake in Turkey, Syria

IMF Deputy Managing Director Gita Gopinath has extended her deepest condolences for the earthquake hit countries. In a Tweet, she wrote, “I am deeply saddened by the devastation and suffering caused by the #earthquake in Türkiye and Syria. Thousands of lives have been lost and the destruction is widespread. I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to those affected."

08 Feb 2023, 06:52:22 AM IST

Newborn, toddler saved from rubble in quake-hit Syrian town

Residents digging through a collapsed building in a northwest Syrian town discovered a crying infant whose mother appears to have given birth to her while buried underneath the rubble from this week’s devastating earthquake, relatives and a doctor said Tuesday.

The newborn girl’s umbilical cord was still connected to her mother, Afraa Abu Hadiya, who was dead, they said. The baby was the only member of her family to survive from the building collapse Monday in the small town of Jinderis, next to the Turkish border, Ramadan Sleiman, a relative, told The Associated Press

Newborn, toddler saved in quake-hit Syrian town (Image: AP)
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Newborn, toddler saved in quake-hit Syrian town (Image: AP)
08 Feb 2023, 06:39:10 AM IST

Aid to quake-hit Syria slowed by sanctions, war's divisions

Even before Monday’s devastating earthquake, getting aid to all parts of war-battered Syria was fraught with daunting political and logistical challenges. Those hurdles have only multiplied in the wake of the disaster that has killed thousands in Turkey and Syria and brought down thousands of buildings. Damage to roads and other infrastructure in southern Turkey has stalled aid from reaching northern Syria, an area already devastated by 12 years of conflict.

Meanwhile, the government of Bashar Assad in Damascus is still a pariah in much of the international community, sanctioned by the U.S. and European countries, which are reluctant to route aid directly through the government. American and EU officials have made clear the quake won’t change that. Emergency workers say delays could cost lives, as local rescue crews struggle to pull families and children from the rubble and find housing for survivors amid brutal winter weather. (AP)

08 Feb 2023, 06:37:26 AM IST

2,200 years old Gazintap Castle destroyed by the earthquake in Turkey

An image was shared by a user on Twitter showing the Gazintap Castle which was destroyed by the earthquake in Turkey.

 

08 Feb 2023, 06:17:42 AM IST

IAF aircraft with emergency relief assistance including life-saving drugs departs for earthquake-hit Syria

Indian Air Force's Globemaster C-17 with 100 Indian Army officials along with medical equipment took off for Turkey from Hindon Airbase, Ghaziabad on Monday. India is extending its support to Turkey through the ongoing crisis after the earthquake that jolted the country on Monday.

Speaking to ANI, Commanding Officer said, "We are taking a level II medical facility to Turkey to treat earthquake victims. A total of 100 Army officials are leaving from here. Medical specialists including surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, critical care specialists, preventive medical specialist, dental officers along with the paramedical staff are present with us."

08 Feb 2023, 06:08:28 AM IST

Death toll tops 7,700 due to powerful earthquakes in Turkey & Syria

As per The Associated Press so far 7,700 people have been killed due to powerful earthquakes in Turkey & Syria. Death toll continues to rise amid widespread devastation. At least 42,259 people have been injured in Turkey and Syria after deadly earthquakes.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said that at least 5,894 people have died and 34,810 others have been injured in Turkey after earthquakes that jolted the country on Monday. At least 1,832 people have died and 3,849 others have been injured in Syria, as per the CNN report

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