Turkey earthquake death toll rises by almost 500 to 48,448

Turkey earthquake death toll rises by almost 500 to 48,448

Turkey earthquake death toll rises by nearly 500 to 48,448 ;ch

Clearing the rubble of a building that collapsed during an earthquake in the Turkish city of Kahramanmaras, February 17, 2023.

Ankara – Even more than a month after the strong earthquake in the south of Turkey, the number of confirmed victims is still rising, which is already 48,448. Interior Minister S├╝leyman Soylu informed today about the new balance, which has increased by almost 500 dead compared to the previous one from Saturday. During a visit to Malatya province, he also said that at least 6,600 foreigners were among the dead, Anadolu Agency reported.

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Turkey earthquake death toll rises by nearly 500 to 48,448

Turkey earthquake death toll rises almost by 500 to 48,448 dead

Turkey earthquake death toll rises by nearly 500 to 48,448 dead

Turkey earthquake death toll rises

The total number of dead has already exceeded 55,000, according to UN data, at least 7,200 people have died in Syria.

South of Turkey near the border with Syria and northwest Syria was hit by two earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 on February 6, followed by thousands of smaller aftershocks; On February 20, the same region in Turkey was hit by earthquakes of magnitude 6.4 and 5.8. In 11 Turkish provinces, the earthquake affected about 20 million inhabitants, and in neighboring Syria, almost nine million people are dealing with the consequences.

In Turkey, 230,000 buildings collapsed or were seriously damaged, and the search for debris continues even five weeks after the disaster. About 2.5 million people have lost their homes in Syria and Turkey, according to the UN.