Türkiye and Syria's Death Toll is Now Up By 15,000 - Capital TV

June 4, 2023


Türkiye and Syria’s Death Toll is Now Up By 15,000

Mahnoor Tariq

The search for survivors buried in the wreckage of thousands of buildings in Türkiye and Syria that were demolished by devastating earthquakes and aftershocks that killed more than 15,000 people.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited a ‘tent city’ in Kahramanmaras, where people who had to leave their homes are residing, amid appeals for the Turkish government to deliver additional aid to the disaster-stricken area.

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What you need to know:

Earlier, in Turkey’s crisis response, President Erdogan acknowledged shortcomings but swore that nobody would ‘be abandoned in the streets.’ Currently, tens of thousands of Turkish humanitarian workers are present in the earthquake zone, and search teams from more than two dozen other nations have also arrived. Although, the hope of finding survivors is dwindling due to the extent of the destruction, many people are still in need of assistance.

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Identification of victims:

In a statement made on Feb 8 by Turkey’s disaster management organization, it was announced that the collected bodies of those who perished but cannot be identified will be buried within five days. Unidentified victims would be buried after DNA tests, finger prints, and after being photographed for potential identification, according to the organization known as AFAD.

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