Devastating Impact in Turkey and Syria
The earthquake has left over 2,200 people dead, with the majority of casualties in Turkey, where 1,498 people lost their lives. In Syria, at least 716 people were killed, and the United Nations warned that the death toll was expected to rise.
Emergency Services Work to Save Lives
Emergency services in both countries are working tirelessly to search for survivors trapped in the rubble. The winter weather conditions, including heavy rain and near-freezing temperatures, have made the rescue efforts more challenging.
The Earthquake Adds to the Humanitarian Crisis in Syria
The earthquake comes at a time when millions of Syrians are already facing a humanitarian crisis due to the civil war in the country. The Norwegian Refugee Council warned that the earthquake would only add to the suffering of people in Syria.
Leaders in both countries expressed their condolences for the victims and promised to support the rescue and relief efforts. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the earthquake a "historical disaster" and promised to do everything possible to help those affected.