The death toll from the earthquake in Turkey and Syria has surpassed 17000. On Thursday, the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria became even direr as expectations for discovering survivors in the rubble of the cities declined.
The combined death toll from Monday’s earthquakes, which occurred in the wee hours of the morning, surpassed 17,000 on Thursday.
As the deadliest natural calamity to hit the area since 1999’s devastating earthquake in Turkey, which claimed the lives of almost 17,000.
A source in Turkey said the accident created “severe issues” for staging elections on May 14, in which President Tayyip Erdogan was supposed to face the most substantial challenge in his twenty years in office.
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There is a lot of pent-up frustration about the sluggish delivery of help and the delays in starting the rescue attempt, and that is sure to factor into the vote if it goes forward.
On the ground, many individuals in Turkey and Syria spent a third night in the open or in automobiles due to the destruction of their homes or because they were too terrified to return inside after the tremors.
In the dead of winter, hundreds of thousands of people had nowhere to go. Many people have taken refuge in impromptu shelters in supermarket parking lots, mosques, by the side of roads, or even among the rubble, frequently in dire need of food, water, and warmth.
Donated clothing was sorted at a gas station close to the town of Kemalpasa.
Reporters from Reuters spotted residents in the port city of Iskenderun huddling together by fires in makeshift shelters made from garages and destroyed warehouses. The only illumination came from the cranes’ spotlights as they struggled to lift heavy slabs of debris.
Approximately 13 million people were living in the quake’s epicenter in Turkey, and authorities claim that about 6,500 buildings fell or were severely damaged.
Being a roadside snoozer.
The Turkish Red Crescent, or AFAD, organized evacuation centers and meeting locations for displaced residents. It claimed that more than 28,000 individuals had been rescued.
Campers were inside a bank in Maras, hiding their identities by sheets taped over the glass. Many others were camped out in the grass median of a major thoroughfare, cooking instant soup over makeshift fires and keeping warm with blankets.
About 30 tents set up by the Turkish Red Crescent in a park in Antakya were full. A large number of people slept in their vehicles. There were just a few gas stations open, and the lines stretched for kilometers.
Ibrahim Khalil Menkaween strolled through the ruins of the Syrian village of Jandaris while holding a white body bag. He mentioned losing his wife and two brothers among his seven family members.
I have this luggage ready for when they bring out my brother, his son, and both of their wives, he explained. “This is a terrible predicament. Furthermore, there is no help available.”
On Thursday morning, the number of fatalities in Turkey reached 14,014. The government and a rescue agency in the rebel-held northwest of Syria report that over 3,000 people have perished in the country’s ongoing civil war.
According to Turkish officials, the impacted area stretches about 450 km (280 miles) from the western city of Adana to the eastern city of Diyarbakir. The southern Syrian city of Hama, about 250 kilometers from the epicenter, was hit hard.
Unshod and battered.
Even so, there were glimmers of optimism. The last Turkish footage from Wednesday night showed the rescue of a few more survivors, including Abdulalim Muaini, who had been trapped in the rubble of his destroyed Hatay home since Monday, next to the body of his wife.
State television TRT showed live news on Thursday of rescue personnel pulling a wounded 60-year-old lady called Meral Nakir from the wreckage of an apartment complex in Malatya 77 hours after the first earthquake struck.
Nakir, battered and barefoot, was wrapped with a blanket and taken to an awaiting ambulance.
Many Turks have complained that they lacked the resources to save those stranded people, even though they could hear their calls for assistance.
Traffic on the main route into Antakya was backed up as people tried to flee the disaster area and assistance trucks tried to enter.
After receiving criticism for the slow initial response, Erdogan visited the disaster area on Wednesday and declared that everything was back to normal.
But the catastrophe will make it harder for the long-serving president to win reelection.
His career could take a hit if people think the government isn’t doing enough to deal with the tragedy. Conversely, experts believe he may improve his position by rallying national support around the crisis response.
An official told Reuters that with a three-month state of emergency declared and 15% of Turkey’s population living in the affected area; it was too soon to judge elections.
“We have left the election phase we had just entered. We will keep an eye on events, but there are significant obstacles to having elections on May 14. “This is what he had to say, he explained.
Defeated, Syria collapsed.
The fighting in Syria has divided the country and destroyed its infrastructure, making rescue efforts more difficult. According to witnesses and a border official, on Thursday the first United Nations convoy providing relief to northwest Syria since the earthquake crossed from Turkey.
According to El-Mostafa Benlamlih, the leading U.N. humanitarian officer in Syria, 10.9 million people have been affected.
Wednesday, Syria’s UN ambassador blamed a decade of civil conflict and Western sanctions for the country’s inability to provide adequate services and infrastructure.
While President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has presided over emergency meetings to discuss the earthquake, he has not addressed the public in a speech or press conference.