Turkiye earthquake death toll exceeds 17,500… 20,000 people

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The Korea Emergency Rescue Team (KDRT) handlers and 119 rescue dogs dispatched to Turkey, where the earthquake occurred, are conducting search and rescue activities at Hatay Antakya High School and other places on the 9th. (Provided by the National Fire Agency) 2023.2.9/News 1

It was found that the number of deaths officially counted on the 9th (local time) exceeded 17,500, while the “golden time” of 72 hours had passed since the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

According to AFP, the earthquake killed 14,351 people in Turkey and 3,162 people in Syria, bringing the total number of deaths to 17,513 so far.

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An estimated 200,000 people are currently trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings.

The possibility of survivors dying from hypothermia is also increasing due to severe cold and bad weather.

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Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) had predicted that the total death toll from the earthquake could exceed 20,000.

While desperate rescue and search operations to save even one more person are in full swing, it is known that rescue teams and relief supplies from various parts of the international community are arriving in the area one after another.

Despite rescue operations being carried out, the number of deaths identified is still rising.

Earlier, on the 6th, a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 occurred at 4:17 am (10:17 am Korean time) in the Gaziantep and Kahramanmaras regions of southeastern Turkey, adjacent to the Syrian border.

Later, at 1:24 pm local time, a 7.5 magnitude aftershock occurred 59 km north-northeast of Kahramanmaras, causing damage to snowball.

The earthquake is the largest since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey in 1939 that killed more than 33,000 people.

Source: Donga

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