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Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: the disaster hits many already vulnerable Syrians


According to the UN refugee agency, the earthquake in Syria has destroyed the homes of displaced people. And: The fear of aftershocks makes people stay outside despite the cold. the news

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People search through rubble in the Idlib region of northern Syria on Monday

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Disaster hits many already vulnerable Syrians

8.45 a.m .:

According to the UN, the devastating earthquakes in Syria mainly hit people who were already living without protection under disastrous conditions.

Many internally displaced people who lived in dilapidated accommodation before the disaster had to spend the night outdoors in snow and freezing temperatures, as a spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency UNHCR told the dpa news agency.

"With the many aftershocks and tremors, people were afraid to stay in their homes."

Some of the affected areas are also remote and difficult to access.

Among other things, there is not enough emergency shelter, blankets and warm clothing for the earthquake victims.

Around 6.8 million internally displaced persons live in the civil war country.

Fear of the cold in Turkey – and sometimes hamster purchases

7.56 a.m .:

The situation in south-east Turkey is still tense.

The power went out in Hatay in southern Turkey, an eyewitness reported to the dpa news agency on Tuesday.

Help is urgently needed.

The petrol stations ran out of petrol and there was no bread to buy.

The electricity also failed in the neighboring province of Osmaniye, said a reporter from the broadcaster CNN Türk.

In the southeastern Turkish metropolis of Diyarbakir, many people spent the night outside, in schools or mosques, as a dpa employee reported.

"People are afraid to go back to their homes," he said.

Several aftershocks were felt and it was bitterly cold.

The tents of the civil protection authority Afad are not heated and are not sufficient.

Many residents of Diyarbakir tried to get into the villages.

The houses there are usually one-storey and are therefore considered safer.

"There's tension, people really don't know what to do," he said.

Helpers rescue almost 8,000 people buried under rubble, the number of fatalities continues to rise

5.23 a.m .:

According to the latest information, more than 4,800 people died after the severe earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Helpers also look for survivors at night when temperatures are freezing.

And: International aid is starting.

Read the overview from the night here.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2023-02-07

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