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Quake death toll surpasses 21,000 in Turkey, Syria

Rescue work is in progress after a deadly earthquake in Hama province, central Syria, Feb. 6, 2023. Syria’s deadly earthquake has so far killed 237 people and injured 639 others in four provinces, the health ministry said in a statement Monday. A major earthquake of magnitude 7.4 knocked down multiple buildings in southern Turkey and northern Syria on Monday. (Str/Xinhua)

Ankara/Damascus, Feb 10 (IANS) The death toll from the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria four days ago has surpassed 21,000, according to latest data released by authorities and rescuers.

The death toll from the earthquakes climbed to 17,674 in Turkey, with 72,879 injuries, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Thursday.

In Syria, 1,678 people were killed in government-held areas, and the death toll in the opposition-held region stood at 2,190, according to media reports.

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Turkey’s southern province of Kahramanmaras at 4:17 a.m. local time, followed by a magnitude 6.4 quake a few minutes later in the country’s southern province of Gaziantep and a magnitude 7.6 earthquake at 1:24 p.m. local time in Kahramanmaras province, Xinhua news agency reported.

International search and rescue teams, including an 82-member Chinese rescue team that arrived in Turkey on Wednesday, rushed to the quake-impacted zone to assist in rescue efforts.

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