The death toll from Monday’s deadly earthquake and more than 300 aftershocks in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria surpassed 5,000 on Tuesday, according to authorities, as teams raced to discover survivors among thousands of fallen structures. The aftershocks posed a threat to the search itself.
Tuesday had a magnitude 5.7 earthquake, according to officials.
On Tuesday, however, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay told reporters that 800 people had been rescued from the wreckage. According to him, there are 20,000 individuals in national rescue squads.
In both nations, tens of thousands of people were hurt.
Untold numbers of people were left homeless over the winter season.
The international community began sending relief to the region. Oktay stated that rescue teams from 14 nations had already arrived in Turkey, with a further 70 teams expected as the day progressed.
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