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A 7.5 magnitude aftershock hit 10 hours after the first earthquake. So far 243 aftershocks were recorded. 1,200 rescuers and 70 dogs pulled over 8,000 people from beneath the rubble. 19 countries are actively involved in helping Turkey and Syria. 380,000 people are looking for refuge.
The World Health Organization declared that approximately 23 million people are affected by the earthquake. Things became even more severe after the rescuers’ efforts were hindered by a 7.5 magnitude aftershock that hit them while they were trying to find survivors. Yunus Sezer, head of AFAD, stated there were 243 aftershocks recorded so far.
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Rescuers are working around the clock to pull survivors from beneath the rubble. Thousands of buildings have been destroyed, leaving around 380,000 people looking for shelter, food, and water. The latest updates say there are 8,300 people were found dead. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of WHO announced that 72 critical hours have passed, and the chance of finding any more survivors is lower with every passing hour.
A large fire at Iskenderun port in Turkey started when the containers toppled during the earthquake. The country’s Marine Authorities stated there was much damage in the port after the emergency teams extinguished the fire, but the full extent of the damage is not yet known.
The Minister of External Affairs, Faisal Mekdad is asking for help from European countries. According to Al Mayadeen, he stated the sanctions against his country don’t serve as excuses to avoid humanitarian aid. The Syrian officials said in the past the Western sanctions have affected the reconstruction of their country. However, Germany had to request permission to send rescue teams to North-Western Syria and urged Russia to use their influence on the Bashar Al-Assad Administration.
The common people have been the most affected by this disaster.
- A baby was born beneath the rubble. Her mother was trapped under a collapsed building in Alep, Syria, and died shortly after the birth. The father and the baby’s siblings have not been found. The newborn girl’s umbilical cord was still attached, and she was rushed to a local hospital. She is believed to be in stable condition.
- A woman with a 6-month-old baby in her arms was saved from the rubble after 29 hours in Haytai.
- Ghana soccer player, Christian Atsu was found alive, but in serious condition, trapped under a collapsed building, with a broken leg and difficulties breathing. The 31-year-old went missing during the earthquake, after defeating Kasimpatsa the previous evening.
- A 20-year-old student was found and saved after posting a video online asking for help. His mother and uncle were found with him.
- Two young siblings were found and rescued together after more than 24 hours. Their parents were found deceased.
CEO of Turkish Airlines, Bilal Eksi, stated more than 12,000 volunteers were flown for free to help the rescue teams, and they would continue to bring them in for as long as necessary.
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