Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2023. 9:53 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: President of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan has declared a state of emergency in 10 provinces devastated by Monday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, Reuters report.
More than 5,100 people have died and the quake left massive destruction in Turkey and Syria.
A UN official said it was feared that thousands of children died as a result of the quake.
Thousands of buildings were destroyed including hospitals and schools.
Videos and photos of the scenes show the devastation and destruction.
The quake is believed to be the strongest to hit Turkey since 1939.
The international community has voiced their concerns about the situation in both nations including Syria that had been affected by a humanitarian crisis after 12 years of civil war.
The Turkish President said the death toll had risen to 3,549 people and in Syria, over 1,600 people have died.
“It’s now a race against time,” World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
“Every minute, every hour that passes, the chances of finding survivors alive diminishes.”
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