The death toll from the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria has grown to over 11,000, even as hundreds of thousands of people rush to find safety. According to officials quoted in the media, there may have been as many as 8,574 people killed in Turkey, and more than 38,000 people were injured.
During this time, the death toll in Syria reached an all-time high of 2,500. President Tayyip Erdogan has declared a state of emergency in ten provinces of Turkey. India, the European Union, Ukraine, and China are just some countries that have expressed their intention to stand by the two nations and lend their assistance.
In an apparent allusion to the areas of Syria under government control, not those held by opposing factions, Syrian state media stated this week’s fatal earthquake had caused more than 298,000 people to leave their homes. Hussein Makhlouf, minister of local administration and the environment, was quoted by state news agency SANA as adding that the state has also opened 180 shelters for displaced persons.
The country’s death toll now stands at 8,574, according to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who noted some issues with the first response to the devastating earthquakes that rocked southern Turkey.