Death toll from earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria rises to more than 26,000 | News
The president of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Endorgan announced this Saturday that the death toll increased by 21,043 people after the earthquakes last Monday, which also shook Syrian territory, while denouncing looting in some areas.
Earthquake in Türkiye released an energy equivalent to 2,000 times the Hiroshima bomb
Endorgan vowed to take concrete steps to start rebuilding cities in the hardest-hit southeast region within weeks, saying hundreds of thousands of buildings were uninhabitable across southern Türkiye.
He also condemned those who looted or committed other crimes in the earthquake areas, saying they would be punished by the state.
"We have declared a state of emergency," said the Turkish president during a visit to the disaster area.
"It means that, from now on, people involved in looting or kidnapping should know that the firm hand of the State is on their backs," he said.
"Trust us, believe us. We do not and will not leave our citizens on the streets in hardship or poverty. We are making plans to rebuild hundreds of thousands of houses with their infrastructure and superstructure, and to restore our cities that were destroyed in the earthquake".
Stating that 160 thousand people are currently working in 10 provinces along with teams coming from abroad, Erdogan mentioned.
Added to the previous balance in neighboring Syria are at least 5,000 people killed and another 7,000 injured, reported health entities and activists.
In its latest update on the number of casualties, the Health Ministry indicated that 1,387 were killed and 2,326 injured, mainly in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia and Hama. However, there are areas that are not controlled by the Government, which is why the figures increase according to different sources.
In this way, 3,100 deaths confirmed by local activists and rescue teams in the areas of Idlib and Aleppo that are under the control of armed groups are added to the previous balance, while the Turkish authorities delivered 900 bodies of Syrian refugees who died in their territory.
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