The combined death toll in Turkey and Syria has passed 5,000 with warnings that the death toll will continue to rise. A three-month state of emergency in 10 provinces has been declared.
Death toll has risen to 3,419 in Turkey, and more than 1,600 in Syria.US president Joe Biden vowed aid for victims in call with Turkey’s Erdogan.
Rescuers are racing to save people trapped beneath the rubble after thousands of buildings collapsed in both countries as Turkey observes seven-day mourning period
A Turkish journalist said that people are sending him and other journalists videos, voice notes and their live locations from under the rubble.
The 7.8 magnitude quake struck near Gaziantep in the early hours of Monday 6th while people were asleep.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country is faced with “a great disaster.”A three-month state of emergency has been declared in 10 southeastern provinces in the country.
Erdogan said 53,317 search and rescue team members are working in the region, with more coming from across the country and around the world. The Turkish president said $5.3 billion has been allocated for immediate use.