Indian rescue teams begin operations as death toll in Turkiye, Syria quakes surpasses 12,000

The number of fatalities from Monday’s devastating earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria has surpassed 12,000, as chances have become smaller to find more survivors in cold weather before the golden 72 hours are over. Search and rescue teams from more than 65 countries, including the Indian NDRF team (see pic), arrived in the Turkish earthquake zones to offer assistance in quake-relief efforts, according to an official statement.