Earthquake death toll in Turkiye, Syria crosses 21,000; nearly four times more injured


The death toll from the devastating earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria four days ago has surpassed 21,000, according to latest data released by authorities and rescuers.

The death toll from the earthquakes climbed to 17,674 in Turkiye, with 72,879 injuries, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Thursday.

In Syria, 1,678 people were killed in government-held areas, and the death toll in the opposition-held region stood at 2,190, according to media reports.

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Turkiye’s southern province of Kahramanmaras at 4:17 a.m. local time, followed by a magnitude 6.4 quake a few minutes later in the country’s southern province of Gaziantep and a magnitude 7.6 earthquake at 1:24 p.m. local time in Kahramanmaras province, Xinhua news agency reported.

International search and rescue teams, including an Indian team from the National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) that arrived in Turkiye on Wednesday, rushed to the quake-impacted zone to assist in rescue efforts.

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