Turkey and Syria earthquake live: UN aid convoy enters Syria as death toll passes 40,000

November 16, 2022
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Rising toll makes quake deadliest in Turkey’s modern history

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday that more than 35,000 people have died in Turkey as a result of last week’s earthquake, making it the deadliest such disaster since the country’s founding 100 years ago.

While the death toll is almost certain to rise even further, many of the tens of thousands of survivors left homeless are still struggling to meet basic needs, like finding shelter from the bitter cold.

Confirmed deaths in Turkey passed those recorded from the massive Erzincan earthquake in 1939 that killed around 33,000 people.

Emergency personnel carry body of Mujde Cavlak, 45, at the site of collapsed buildings after a powerful earthquake, in Hatay. EPA

Erdogan said 105,505 were injured as a result of the February 6 quake centred around Kahramanmaras and its aftershocks. Almost 3,700 deaths have been confirmed in neighbouring Syria, taking the combined toll in both countries to over 39,000.

The Turkish President, who has referred to the quake as “the disaster of the century", said more than 13,000 people were still being treated in hospital.

Speaking in Ankara following a five-hour Cabinet meeting held at the headquarters of disaster agency AFAD, Mr Erdogan said 47,000 buildings, which contained 211,000 residences, had been destroyed or were so badly damaged as to require demolition.

“We will continue our work until we get our last citizen out of the destroyed buildings,” he said of ongoing rescue efforts.



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