More than 1,200 killed after powerful earthquake strikes Syria, Turkey
February 6th, 2023 at 5:23 pm
More than 1,200 killed after powerful earthquake strikes Syria, Turkey

 International desk: A powerful earthquake struck in Turkey and Syria on Monday killing more than 1,200 and injuring thousands others, media reports said quoting officials in the quake-devastated countries.

The magnitude 7.8, one of the strongest to hit the region in more than 100 years, struck 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi, in Turkey’s Gaziantep province, at a depth of 24.1 kilometers, the US Geological Survey said.

Most of the people were asleep when the quake hit the region devastating buildings and other infrastructures. Rescue workers are struggling to recover the people trapped under the rubble.

Turkey’s disaster agency appealed for help from the international community as it conducts search and rescue operations.

CNN broadcaster reported Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that at least 912 people died in his country. Another 5,385 people have been injured and more than 2,400 people rescued from under the rubble of collapsed buildings, he said.

He told news channels that at least 45 countries offered help following the devastation. Some 2,818 buildings destroyed in Turkey, he added.

“We hope that we will overcome this disaster together as soon as possible,” Erdogan said.

At least 386 people have been died in Syria, hundreds more have been reported injured.

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