Theirs the battle to find as many survivors as possible continues to be fought by the members of the rescue teams and today, Tuesday (7/2), one day after powerful earthquake, whose death toll currently exceeds 5,000 in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria.
“Twenty-three million people are likely to be exposed, including five million vulnerable people”warned the World Health Organization (WHO) who promised long-term help.
International aid is expected to arrive today in Turkey and Syria for the affected areas. The first earthquake early yesterday, followed by several strong aftershocks, had a magnitude of 7.8 and was felt as far away as Lebanon, Cyprus and northern Iraq.
Families spent the night in cars on the streets. Ayla, standing next to the ruins of an eight-story building, said she drove to Hatay from Gaziantep yesterday in search of her mother. Five or six rescuers from the Istanbul fire department were working on the wreckage – a pile of cement and glass.
“There have been no survivors yet. A stray dog came and barked at a certain spot for some time. I was afraid it was for my mother. But it was someone else,” he said. “I turned on the lights in the car to help the rescuers. So far they’ve brought out two dead, no survivors.”
Source: News Beast
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