Up to 23 million could be affected by earthquake in Syria and Turkey, says WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said that about 23 million people could be affected by the strong earthquake that hit Syria and Turkey on Monday (6), leaving more than 5,000 dead and thousands injured.

“The overall event maps show that potentially 23 million people are exposed, including around 5 million vulnerable populations, with more than 350,000 elderly people and 1.4 million children,” said WHO Senior Emergencies Officer Adelheid Marschang. , to the meeting of the executive board of the United Nations (UN) health agency in Geneva.

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The WHO chief expressed his concern over the situation, calling it a “race against time”.

“We are especially concerned about the areas where we still don’t have information,” said Tedros Adhanom, WHO director-general. “Damage mapping is a way to understand where we need to focus our attention.”

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Footage of rescue efforts in both countries emerged on Monday, with family members mourning the loss of loved ones, while others celebrated survivors meeting in the rubble of destroyed buildings.

Source: CNN Brasil

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