The series of earthquakes that shook southeast Turkey and neighbouring countries this Monday has claimed the lives of thousands of people.
A New 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Eastern Turkey This Morning:
According to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, a new earthquake of magnitude 5.7 shook eastern Turkey on Tuesday with an epicentre of 46 kilometres deep.
Numbers of People Killed and Trapped Under Rubble Rise in Turkey and Syria After the Earthquakes:
The figures increase as the hours pass, so far there are 3,381 people killed and another 20,400 injured in Turkey in the earthquakes that shook the southeast of the country on Monday. The death toll in Syria is 1,500.
The First Earthquake of 7.8 Magnitude
The first earthquake was 7.8 on the Richter scale, followed by a 7.5 earthquake and have already caused more than 3,000 deaths between Turkey and Syria in what is considered one of the most active seismic areas in the world. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reported that this is the biggest tragedy suffered in the country since the Erzincan earthquake back in 1939.
Planes of the Armed forces Begin to Arrive in Istanbul:
In Istanbul many medical transportation planes are arriving. They are transporting wounded from the epicentre of the earthquake, and military ships are being used to take wounded people to the coastal city of Mersin.
The Earthquake Adds to the Massive Destruction Caused by the War:
The earthquake has also devastated everything on the Syrian border, many areas of the country already ravaged by the war, are now totally destroyed. Such as in the case of cities like Aleppo and Azzaz where destruction is massive.
A Baby is Born Among Tragedy:
In the middle of the tragedy, a miracle: a mother gives birth to her baby in the middle of the rubble left by the earthquake in Syria. The woman was buried.
What Do the Authorities Recommend in Turkey?
For the time being, the Turkish authorities have intensified calls for reduced use of telephones and internet in the area and have intensified the option of using satellite internet to provide coverage. It has also been asked to avoid the use of vehicles in order not to block emergency routes.
Emergency Services have Saved More Than 8,000 People:
The Turkish authorities have announced a new toll of earthquake victims. The country’s disaster and emergency management agency (AFAD) has recorded 3,419 dead and 20,534 injured. Rescue teams have saved more than 8,000 people.
International Rescue Team:
24,000 people are participating in the rescue effort, with teams from dozens of countries joining. And 380,000 people have been rehoused in facilities of the Ministries of Education and Sports, according to the vice president. The president announced that they are organising the orderly evacuation of the 10 most affected provinces, where 13 million people live, and also encouraged those who can move by themselves to leave the area.
“All Kinds of Materials Are Missing” According to Maram al Sheikh:
The Minister of Health in the so-called Interim Government of the Syrian opposition, Maram al-Sheikh, warned EFE on Tuesday that the health system in the northwest of the country is not “prepared” to deal with the consequences of yesterday’s earthquakes and said that they need all kinds of medical materials.