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Turkey and Syria: Hundreds die in severe earthquakes


Strong earthquakes collapse buildings in Turkey and Syria. Rescue teams are trying to extricate people from the rubble. The photos of the disaster.

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Severe earthquakes have shaken Turkey and Syria.

Hundreds of people died and many are injured.

Rescuers are on duty, like here in the Syrian city of Aʿzāz.

Photo: Mahmoud Hassano / REUTERS

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The extent of the damage, like here in south-eastern Turkey, is only gradually becoming clear.

Photo: Depo Photos / IMAGO

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Rescuers carry a quake victim to an ambulance in the Syrian city of Aʿzāz.

There is no reliable information on the number of deaths in the Syrian areas controlled by rebels.

Photo: Mahmoud Hassano / REUTERS

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One thing is certain: the earthquake left devastation in its wake.

A man stands here next to a car hit by debris.

Photo: Mahmoud Hassano / REUTERS

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The official information on the number of deaths in Turkey and Syria has recently been revised upwards.

Hundreds of people died in both countries and hundreds were injured.

Rescue workers search for missing people in the rubble of collapsed buildings.

Photo: Sertac Kayar / REUTERS

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Two violent earthquakes shook the south-east of Turkey early Monday morning in quick succession.

According to the Geoforschungszentrum Potsdam, the epicenter was in both cases near the city of Gaziantep, not far from the border with Syria.

Accordingly, the tremors occurred at around 4.17 a.m. (local time/2.17 a.m. CET) and 4.28 a.m. (local time/2.28 a.m. CET) at a depth of ten kilometers.

Photo: Mahmut Bozarsan / dpa

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People in Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey hope to find survivors in the collapsed houses.

According to Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, several provinces in Turkey are affected.

Photo: Sertac Kayar / REUTERS

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The rescue measures had already begun in the dark, shortly after the earthquake.

According to official information, there were 22 aftershocks, some strong.


Mahmut Bozarslan / AFP

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The earthquake completely dismantled this building in the city of Azmarin in northern Syria.

Photo: Ghaith Alsayed / dpa

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Rescuers stand on a building in Aʿzāz, Syria.

The international community has already pledged support.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter in Turkish that he expressed his condolences to the bereaved.

"We are ready to provide the necessary assistance to overcome the consequences of the catastrophe".


Mahmoud Hassano / REUTERS

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A man carries an injured child through rubble in the Syrian city of Jandaris.


Rami al Sayed / AFP

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It is still hard to imagine how many people were buried under the rubble.

Photo: Khalil Ashawi / REUTERS


Source: spiegel

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