Turkey Earthquake Updates – In the early hours of February 6, residents of southern Turkey and northern Syria were awakened by violent shaking, collapsing buildings, and widespread power outages. Residents were trapped under rubble by the earthquake, and strong aftershocks continued. By the following Monday, the death toll had surpassed 36,000.
But while last week’s quake was a magnitude 7.8 quake, with an unusually strong magnitude 7.5 aftershock, the reason this quake is so deadly has little to do with its magnitude and the number of people affected. It has to do with the existing situation and lack of community.
Prepare for Disasters
In Turkey and Syria, a high concentration of old, inflexible concrete buildings was going on, and due to a lack of building supervisors, the Syrian civil war and an ongoing cholera outbreak have left the region facing devastation. It remains vulnerable.”
The death toll from earthquakes in Turkey and Syria rose to more than 33,000 on Sunday, with the United Nations warning the final figure could double. Officials and medical sources said he had died 29,605 in Turkey and 3,574 in Syria, bringing the confirmed total to 33,179, reports.
“We have let the people of northwestern Syria down,” said Martin Griffiths, the UN emergency aid coordinator, who said they were “rightly disappointed.” In his Twitter post, the Syrian people continued:
“I am looking for international help that has not yet arrived. It is my duty, and ours, to fix this error as soon as possible. That is what I am concentrating on right now.”
Turkish Authorities State
Turkish authorities have issued more than 100 arrest warrants for the collapsed buildings. State media reported that at least 12 people had been detained, including contractors, architects, and engineers involved in some of the tens of thousands of buildings destroyed or badly damaged in Monday’s magnitude 7.8 and 7.6 quakes.
Aid to Turkey
UK donations to the Disaster and Emergency Commission (DEC) Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal have brought him over £60 million in just three days. The £ 60.3 million total to date includes £5m of the UK Aid Match from the UK Government.
Rescuers say there have been stories of amazing rescues from Turkey, including a 10-year-old girl who was dragged 147 hours later from a collapsed building in the southeastern province of Turkey. Meanwhile, Turkish Health Minister Dr. Fahrettin Koca presents a short clip of a girl being dragged from the rubble “at the 150th hour” in Hatay, Turkey.
Situation After Earthquake
UK Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said the situation after the earthquake was “incredibly grim”. Referring to Britain’s aid to Syria, which has been halved from about £180m in 2020 to £90m in 2021, Mitchell defended the cuts, adding that the aid budget would increase once the economy recovers.
Ease Visa restriction
The federal government wants to temporarily ease visa restrictions for survivors of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria who have relatives in Germany who fear being homeless or injured.
A two-month-old baby was rescued from under rubble in Turkey on Saturday, almost five days after a deadly magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Turkey and Syria.
“The baby survived a deadly disaster and was immediately rushed to the hospital for a checkup,” the Anadolu Agency tweeted.
- More than 3,500 people have died in Syria.
- In devastating conditions, rescue teams around the world continue to save as many lives as possible.
- On Saturday, rescuers trapped a pregnant woman and her brother in the rubble of a collapsed building for 140 hours. 13-year-old Sultan was also lifted from the rubble of Gaziantep by his rescue team after she was more than 140 hours after the earthquake.
Seven-month-old Hamza was also rescued from the Hatay earthquake more than 140 hours later. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Martin Griffiths said the death toll from the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria would “more than double” from the current 28,000.
The United Nations previously warned that at least 870,000 people in Turkey and Syria are in dire need of hot meals.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 26 million people have been affected by earthquakes. Launched a $42.8 million immediate appeal to address immediate health needs.
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