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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Earthquake Death Toll in Turkey Hits 81, Many More Feared

At least 81 people have been killed do far after a 7.0 earthquake rocked Turkey last Friday as rescue and recovery teams rush to find more survivors trapped under the rubble.

At least 81 casualties were tallied so far after a 7.0 quake rocked Turkey last Friday as rescue and recovery teams rush to find more survivors trapped under the rubble.

The quake triggered tidal waves that hit coastal areas and islands in both Turkey and Greece and caused buildings  to collapse in Izmir.

The Turkish government deployed thousands of personnel along with heavy equipment to dig out possible survivors and bodies under building rubble.

“No clear number on how many people are still under rubble. Hard to give a number. There is an estimation, but I cannot share,” announced Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

Turkish authorities claimed 79 people were killed, all in Izmir while Greece reported two deaths in Samos Island.

Turkey’s disaster and emergency authority (AFAD) said that it has already provided  3,500 tents and 13,000 beds as temporary shelter for the quake victims.

AFAD reported  that 962 people have been injured  with 219 still being treated at hospitals while 740  have been released so far. 

AFAD added that more than 5,700 personnel from state agencies, municipalities and non-governmental organizations had been deployed to make the rescue efforts faster.  

“If they are alive, we have high chance to get to them for 72 hours. God willing, it will be like that, ” said Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay.

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