He devastating earthquake registered this Monday in Turkey has caused enormous damage in the country and also in neighboring regions of Syriawith the collapse of countless homes and even buildings that collapsed completely.
The balance It has already exceeded 600 deaths and continues to rise, especially due to the difficulty in searching areas controlled by rebels. At 7 GMT, the Turkish Vice President had reported 1,710 buildings collapsed in 10 provinces in the south-east of the country, with the Gaziantep and Kahramanmaras regions being the most severely affected.
The first video shows the collapse of a building in Haliliye district, in the province of sanliurfa, when it was already daylight. The images broadcast by local television Urfa TV They show how the people who were in the vicinity tried to flee the area and it is unknown if there were still people inside the structure.
In Diyarbakir, 350 kilometers east of the epicenter, collapsed at least 17 buildings. Cranes and rescue teams worked on a pile of stacked concrete floors that was once an apartment tower.
rescue teams they asked for silence while trying to hear the survivors of a destroyed 11-story building. Rescuers carried a man on a stretcher out of a crowd of hundreds of people who were nervously watching the operation. A woman with gray hair cried before a man escorted her to another location, while a rescuer in a white helmet tried to calm a crying girl, embraced by two friends.
In the city of Adanaon the Mediterranean coast, a 14-story building has completely collapsed.
On both sides of the border, tremors jolted people awake several hours before dawn and out into the streets on a cold night of wind, rain and snow. Dozens of buildings collapsed in cities across the border region.
The images captured by Reuters showed the dramatic moment when a group of rescuers pulled a girl from the rubble in Azaz, Syriabefore hastily taking her away from the place.
On the Syrian side of the border, the quake rocked regions under opposition control where there are millions of displaced Syrians and a decrepit health system after several years of war. At least 11 people died in the town of Atmed and many more were buried in the rubble, a local doctor, Muheeb Qaddour, said in a telephone interview with AP.
The quake, which was felt in Cairo, had its epicenter in the city of Gaziantep, about 90 kilometers (60 miles) from the Syrian border. Along with several other cities, the area is home to millions of Syrian refugees who have fled their country’s protracted civil war. Turkey, which shares a border with Syria, hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees in the world.
The Syrian National Seismic Monitoring Center said on Monday that the earthquake that occurred at dawn was the “strongest” recorded by Syrian systems in almost three decades and raised its magnitude to 7.7 degrees.
In the regions in the hands of the rebels, near Turkey, it is the White Helmets – rescuers who mobilize in those areas – who count the victims. The White Helmets called the situation “catastrophic” and called on international humanitarian organizations to “intervene quickly” to help the local population.
(With information from AFP, EFE, AP)
More than 600 dead and thousands injured in Turkey and Syria after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake