Turkey Syria Earthquake: Death Toll Exceeds 34000, Tension StillsSophia Loren (Author) Published Date : Feb 13, 2023 10:17 IST
The death toll in the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria has exceeded 34,000. The pathetic situation in the area remains.
The earthquake that occurred on February 6 in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, near the border with Syria, registered 7.8 units on the Richter scale. The earthquake has taken the lives of many.
The earthquake shook southern and central Turkey and northern Syria. It is said to be the worst earthquake in Turkey's modern history. Thousands of houses were levelled in this earthquake. According to reports, the death toll has crossed 34,000.
As of Sunday, 29,605 people have died in Turkey and 4,574 in Syria. Statistics show that more than 80,000 people have been injured in both countries. The authorities have started arresting the contractors of the buildings that collapsed in the earthquake in Turkey.
Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay said, "Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 131 people suspected of being responsible for the collapsed buildings." Also said, "Detention orders have been issued for 113 of them,"
Meanwhile, the US Geological Survey said that a magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit the southern Turkish city of Kahramanmaras on Sunday.