Death Toll in The Shocking Earthquake in Turkey and Syria Exceeded 11,000

After the heart wrenching earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria, the death toll has surpassed 11,000.

There were over 11,000 people who died in Syria and Turkey as a result of the devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake. In addition, thousands of people are in critical condition due to their injuries. There is a fear that the increase will continue to grow.

After the earthquake in the affected areas, there have been aftershocks that continue to occur. It has been reported that 2 thousand 470 people have died in Syria, and more than 8 thousand 500 people have died in Turkey. It is estimated that thousands of people have been injured due to the earthquake, and they have been transferred to hospitals and helped out of the rubble.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Health, eight thousand people buried under the debris in the region have been rescued. Still, the search for more people is ongoing, and there is a possibility of more deaths resulting from the disaster. According to him, a total of 380,000 displaced citizens have been accommodated in the city.

Turkish President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a week of mourning across the Turkish Republic. All educational institutions will remain closed, and the national flag will fly at half-mast for the week. There has also been a state of emergency declaration in Turkey’s 10 most affected provinces for three months.

The US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake’s magnitude was 7.9 on the record scale between Sunday and Monday, and the depth was 17.9. It was reported that the earthquake’s epicentre was near Nardavi, in the southeast of Gaziantep in Turkey. There were also strong tremors felt in Jordan, Syria, Cyprus, and Greece, as well. There were a large number of buildings that collapsed because of the earthquake, including buildings in Turkey and Syria.

In the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck on Tuesday, hundreds of people are still reported to be buried under the debris, due to which the authorities fear that the toll of the deaths will increase in the days to come. In areas that have been affected by earthquakes, there have been rescued operations and evacuations of people buried under debris. There are difficulties in the relief operations because the earthquake has destroyed the roads and due to the rain that has fallen.

Having expressed condolences to the government and people of Turkey for the loss of lives, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan and the Pakistani people stand with the people in this difficult time. Every possible way will be taken to help Turkey. Also, Pakistani rescue teams and relief supplies arrived in Turkey today on a special PIA flight.

Written by Aly Bukshi

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