The process of searching for victims of the earthquake in Andana, Turkey. This magnitude earthquake centered in Turkey also had a deadly impact on Syria. Photo/Turkish Hydraulic Works/Anadolu Agency
ANKARA – The number of victims who died as a result earthquake terrible today (6/2/2023) at Turki and Syria reached 521 people.
The 521 victims who died consisted of 284 people in Turkey and 237 people in Syria.
Vice President Fuat Oktay confirmed that 284 people died and more than 2,300 people were injured. According to him, search and rescue operations are underway in several major cities.
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) recorded the strength of the earthquake at magnitude 7.4. However, the United States Geological Service (USGS) recorded the strength at magnitude 7.8.
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In a statement issued by Anadolu Agency, state-run media, AFAD noted the affected areas were Kahramanmaras, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana, Adiyaman, Malatya, Osmaniye, Hatay and Kilis.
According to AFAD, there were 42 aftershocks recorded after the first quake. The organization has declared an “alarm level 4” and requested international assistance.
Meanwhile, in Syria it was reported that 237 people died as a result of the massive earthquake centered in Turkey.
Assistant Health Minister of Syria Ahmed Dhamiriyeh said that apart from the 237 people who died, around 639 others were injured.
The areas of Syria affected by the quake are divided between those controlled by the government and those controlled by the opposition or rebels.
In rebel-held northwestern Syria, the Syrian Civil Defense group described the situation as “catastrophic” adding that entire buildings had collapsed and people were trapped under the rubble.
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