Turkey, Syria Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 21,000

Ankara: The death toll in the deadly Turkkey-Syri earthquakes has climbed to at least 21,051 reports cited authorities on Friday.

At least 17,674 people have died and 72,879 people have been injured in Turkey, according to Vice President Fuat Oktay on Thursday.

In the contrast, according to the White Helmets civil rescue organization, in Syria at least 3,377 individuals were killed, including 2,030 in rebel-held areas in the northwest and 1,347 in government-controlled areas, as reported by Syrian state media.

A three-month state of emergency to speed up rescue and aid efforts in Turkey’s earthquake-hit provinces came into effect on Thursday after the approval of lawmakers, Anadolu Agency reported.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the three-month state of emergency to speed up search and rescue efforts in the quake-hit provinces, as per the news report.

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India under Operation Dost has set up field hospitals in Turkey’s Hatay to provide assistance to the earthquake-affected people with functioning medical, surgical, and emergency wards; X-ray labs, and medical stores.

External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar on Thursday said the sixth plane from India carrying rescue personnel, essentials, and medical equipment for earthquake relief efforts has reached Turkey.

The sixth flight carries more rescue teams, dog squads, and essential medicines for the quake-hit country.

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