Turkiye and Syria Earthquake Death Toll Exceeds 46 thousand, Rescue Operations to End in Turkiye
- 20, February , 2023
Newstoday: Turkiye has declared that the continuing search and rescue efforts to save people in the majority of the earthquake-affected areas are now over. This announcement comes as more than 46,000 people have died as a result of the deadly earthquakes that struck Turkiye and Syria. According to Yunus Shiraz, the chairman of AFAD, a Turkish agency that works to cope with natural disasters, the death toll from the earthquake in Turkiye has reached 40,642 while most provinces still need to finish evacuating individuals trapped under the rubble. According to the Turkiye administration, this operation will be over by the evening of February 19.
According to Yunus Shiraz, we are dealing with the worst calamity in recorded history, and not just 11 provinces are being affected by the earthquake and its aftershocks' destruction. It should be mentioned that a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Turkiye and Shamal on February 6, and since then, more than 5700 shocks have been registered. The World Health Organization believes that 26 million people in Syria and Turkey require assistance. The Turkiye earthquake damaged 84,000 buildings, while an estimated 3.5 million apartments were destroyed. Around 11,500 workers came from 80 countries for the rescue operation.