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Over 2,600 individuals have been killed in Turkey and Syria on Monday as three earthquakes rocked the area in a span of 24 hours.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Feb 7, 2023 00:03 IST

A person carries the physique of a kid within the earthquake-affected Besnia village close to the Turkish border, Idlib province, Syria. (Photo: AP)

By India Today Web Desk: Over 1,600 individuals in Turkey and greater than 1,000 have been killed in Syria on Monday as three earthquakes — with the strongest measuring 7.8 magnitude on the Richter scale — rocked the area in a span of 24 hours.

The demise toll in addition to the variety of injured are more likely to enhance as rescue operations are underway to evacuate these trapped underneath the rubble of buildings which got here crashing down after the primary earthquake of seven.8 magnitude struck central Turkey and northwest Syria.

The epicentre of the primary earthquake of magnitude 7.8 was town of Gaziantep in Turkey, which is now residence to thousands and thousands of people that have fled the civil battle in Syria and different conflicts. The sturdy tremors from the quake have been felt as far-off because the islands of Cyprus and Egypt’s Cairo.

The Gaziantep Castle, which was constructed greater than 2,200 years in the past, additionally collapsed as a result of highly effective earthquake. The quake was adopted by over 40 aftershocks.

People stroll subsequent to a mosque destroyed by an earthquake in Malatya, Turkey. (Photo: AP)

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated Monday’s earthquake was the worst the nation had seen since 1939, when a strong tremor in japanese Turkey killed almost 33,000 individuals.

Hours later, one other 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Elbistan district in Turkey’s Kahramanmaras province, with recent tremors felt in Damascus, Latakia and different Syrian provinces.

A 3rd earthquake measuring 6.0 magnitude additionally rocked Turkey’s Goksun in Kahramanmaras province, making issues worse for the nation whilst rescue employees struggled with clearing the rubble of the buildings and evacuating the survivors.

Erdogan referred to as Monday’s earthquakes “the biggest disaster” the nation has skilled within the final century.

After Turkish authorities sounded a “level 4 alarm” calling for worldwide help, many international locations jumped in to assist the nation with materials help and aid measures.

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Civil protection employees and residents search by means of the rubble of collapsed buildings within the city of Harem close to the Turkish border, Idlib province, Syria on Monday.INDIA

India has determined to ship search and rescue groups, together with medical help and aid supplies.

Two groups of the National Disaster Response Force comprising 100 personnel with specifically educated canine squads and obligatory tools are able to be flown to the earthquake-hit space for search and rescue operations, the PMO stated in a press launch.

Medical groups are additionally being readied with educated medical doctors and paramedics with important medicines.


The UK stands able to assist in no matter means we are able to, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tweeted saying his ideas have been with the individuals of Turkey and Syria.

My ideas are with the individuals of Türkiye and Syria this morning, significantly with these first responders working so valiantly to save lots of these trapped by the earthquake.

The UK stands able to assist in no matter means we are able to.
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) February 6, 2023

The UK authorities stated it could deploy emergency response groups to Turkey to help with rescue efforts. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) stated it’s deploying a staff of search, rescue and medical specialists to assist on the bottom

“The UK is sending immediate support to Turkey including a team of 76 search and rescue specialists, equipment and rescue dogs,” stated UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated he has issued orders to ship Israeli help to Turkey and likewise help Syria, with which it has been in a state of battle for many years, with intervals of ceasefire.

Netanyahu stated it acquired a Syrian request for help with earthquake aid and that it was ready to oblige, in what can be uncommon cooperation between the enemy nations.

The European Union additionally stated it was sending rescue groups to Turkey after the earthquake-ravaged nation requested the bloc’s help.

Also Read | Researcher predicted killer Turkey, Syria earthquake three days again

Edited By:

Raajnandini Mukherjee

Published On:

Feb 6, 2023