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Earthquake disaster: over 17,000 dead - tons of aid from Germany on the way


Three days after the earthquake disaster in Turkey and Syria, hope for survivors is dwindling. More than 17,000 people die. News ticker.

Three days after the earthquake disaster in Turkey and Syria, hope for survivors is dwindling.

More than 17,000 people die.

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  • Earthquake disaster:

    More than 17,000 people die in Turkey and Syria.

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    Mother with two children rescued under rubble after 78 hours.

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    Rescue teams from the USA reach the crisis areas.

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Update from Thursday, February 9, 1:35 p.m .:

The Federal Air Force’s first relief flight to the earthquake area in Turkey took off from Wunstorf military airport on Thursday morning.

The Technical Relief Agency (THW) Baden-Württemberg had driven around 50 tons of relief goods with seven trucks from the Ulm area to Lower Saxony.

They were packed with almost 2000 camp beds, sleeping bags and blankets.

Tents, heaters and sleeping pads are also brought to the crisis area. 

Tons of aid supplies for the people in Turkey affected by the earthquake are also being flown out by plane from the capital's airport BER these days.

The semi-state airline Turkish Airline will transport the goods collected in the capital region, the company announced on Thursday.

The aids are taken in the cargo holds of regular passenger planes.

Help for those affected: This morning three planes with relief supplies from #THW took off for #Turkey from the Bundeswehr airport in #Wunstorf.

These include tents, heaters and sleeping bags.

Photo: THW/Britta Kindler

— Bundesanstalt THW (@THWLeitung) February 9, 2023

Update from Thursday, February 9, 12:15 p.m .:

After the devastating earthquake in the Turkish-Syrian border area, the number of dead has risen to more than 17,000.

There are now 14,014 dead in Turkey alone, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday in the quake-hit province of Gaziantep.

More than 63,000 people were injured.

At least 3,200 deaths were recently reported from Syria.

In the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep alone, 944 of a total of more than 6,400 buildings were destroyed.


A Luftwaffe Airbus A400M transport aircraft is loaded with relief supplies on the grounds of Wunstorf Air Base in the Hanover region.

The Technical Relief Agency (THW) Baden-Württemberg is sending around 50 tons of relief supplies to Turkey after the devastating earthquake.

© Moritz Frankenberg/dpa

Earthquake disaster in Turkey and Syria: tens of thousands of people are still buried

Update from Thursday, February 9, 11:30 a.m .:

In the crisis areas in Turkey and Syria, three days after the catastrophic earthquake, hope for the last survivors is fading.

Tens of thousands of victims are probably still to be feared under the rubble of the many thousands of collapsed buildings in both countries.

So far, more than 16,000 deaths have been reported.

There are also more than 66,000 injured in Turkey and Syria.

So far, around 8,000 people have been rescued from the rubble in Turkey.

This is reported by the broadcaster

TRT World.

A reporter from the TV channel reported on the desperate fight against time: "The rescuers refuse to give up." However, the moments of joy about another rescue were becoming increasingly rare.


Rescue teams try to find survivors in the buildings destroyed by the earthquakes.

After the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, hope for survivors is dwindling.

© Ahmet Akpolat/dpa

Earthquake disaster in Turkey and Syria: Baerbock is pushing for border openings

Update from Thursday, February 9, 10:35 a.m .:

The rescue work in the Syrian part of the earthquake area is progressing slowly.

Six trucks with aid supplies from the United Nations are expected to arrive there on Thursday to support the earthquake victims in north-west Syria.

They should use the only open border crossing Bab al-Hawa to Turkey, according to UN circles.

Trucks have not been able to reach Bab al-Hawa due to damage to roads.

Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: Pictures show the extent of the destruction

Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: Pictures show the extent of the destruction

Meanwhile, Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is pushing for more border crossings to be opened to Syria in order to enable more aid deliveries from Turkish territory.

The situation in Syria is dramatic, the Greens politician warned in an interview with 



In the past, the Syrian regime under Bashar al-Assad closed the border and did not let any humanitarian aid in, Baerbock said.

Earthquake disaster in Turkey and Syria: family rescued from rubble after 78 hours

Update from Thursday, February 9, 9.40 a.m .:

Emergency services in Turkey saved a mother and her two children after 78 hours under the rubble.

They had been staying under the rubble of their home in Kahramanmaras province.

Rescue workers worked 15 hours to free the woman and her children, one of the helpers told CNN Türk.

The rescue workers are fighting against time.

With every hour that has passed since the earthquake, the chances of finding survivors under the rubble are decreasing.

According to the government, more than 100,000 helpers are in action.

They are assisted by search dogs.


A South Korean rescue team rescues a toddler from the rubble of a house after the devastating earthquake hit Turkey and Syria.

© dpa

Earthquake disaster in Turkey and Syria: death toll exceeds 16,000

Update from Thursday, February 9, 7:44 a.m .:

Three days after the devastating earthquake in the Turkish-Syrian border area, the death toll has risen to more than 16,000.

In Turkey there are now 12,873 confirmed fatalities and 62,937 injured, the Turkish civil protection authority Afad said on Thursday night, according to the state news agency Anadolu.

In Syria, the earthquake killed 3,162 people.

The affected areas were initially difficult to access, but as the rescue work progressed, the number of victims increased.

Early Monday morning, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 according to the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) shook the Turkish-Syrian border area.

Another earthquake of magnitude 7.6 followed in the same region on Monday afternoon, initially the magnitude was given as 7.5.

Update from Wednesday, February 8, 10:35 p.m .:

After the severe earthquake, the first rescue teams from the USA arrived in Turkey.

This was announced by the US Department of Defense.

Two search and rescue teams from the United States have arrived at Incirlik Air Force Base and could begin work shortly, Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said.

US military planes stationed in Incirlik began transporting first responders to the hardest-hit areas on Tuesday.

Update from Wednesday, February 8, 10:15 p.m .:

After the earthquake in Turkey, the rescuers between Adiyaman and Antakya repeatedly manage to free small children from the rubble.

And not only her.


A field of rubble after the earthquake: Kahramanmaras in south-eastern Turkey.

© IMAGO/Mustafa Kaya

Allegations against Turkish authorities: geologists warned mayors in vain

Update from Wednesday, February 8, 9:50 p.m .:

According to ZDF, almost 12,000 bodies were recovered in southern Turkey and northern Syria by Wednesday evening.

According to an assessment by the "heute journal", the severe earthquake is said to have claimed many more lives.

Meanwhile, a well-known Turkish geologist has accused the authorities that, despite warnings, many houses in the region were not built to be earthquake-proof.

He cites alleged corruption among local decision-makers as the reason.

For example, colleagues drew a hazard map for the city of Kahramanmaraş, which was ignored, Prof. Celal Sengör said in an interview with ZDF.

“You sent this card to the mayor.

The mayor looked at it and said, 'Ah, I don't think so.'

And he didn't do anything.

Where did this man find the authority to say he didn't believe that?” the Turkish scientist asked in the interview.

Kahramanmaraş, with around 670,000 inhabitants, was also badly hit by the earthquake north of the epicenter.

Dramatic action by German rescuers: ISAR Germany rescues three people alive

Update from Wednesday, February 8, 8:30 p.m .:

A team from the rescue organization ISAR Germany is in action in Kirikhan, Turkey, which with its almost 120,000 inhabitants is around 30 kilometers from Iskenderun on the Mediterranean coast.

"It seems apocalyptic.

Because it's just too big and too much.

We try to do something in every nook and cranny," explained Simon Gutzeit from the German rescue team in an interview with ZDF: "We don't have to look for much.

People keep coming to us, asking us for help because you can hear voices everywhere." Between Tuesday and Wednesday evening, the German helpers had saved the lives of three people after the earthquake in Turkey, reports the "heute journal".

Is Istanbul also facing an earthquake?

Geologists are sure about the Bosphorus metropolis

Update from Wednesday, February 8, 6:15 p.m .:

Experts have long been certain that a violent earthquake is also imminent in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul.

New research results support the assumption.

The Turkish geologist Celal Sengör warns of an earthquake in the city on the Bosporus.

The 67-year-old, who enjoys a great reputation internationally, taught as a professor at Istanbul Technical University until his retirement.

“There will be an earthquake in Istanbul that will be as severe as the current one.

Our initial estimate was 7.8 magnitude," Sengör now told 


broadcaster : "It's pretty close."

Only at the end of last year, in an interview with the same broadcaster, did the scientist warn viewers: "Move away from the center of Istanbul!"

Update from Wednesday, February 8, 5:40 p.m .:

The attacks by the Turkish military on the Kurdish areas in northern Syria did not stop despite the earthquake: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is apparently escalating the emergency situation on site.

The death toll is rising: at least 11,700 people are found dead under houses

Update from Wednesday, February 8, 5:25 p.m .:

New death toll from the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria: The authorities have once again corrected the number of victims upwards.

According to this, at least 11,700 people died in the natural disaster on Monday (February 6).

Previously there had been talk of 11,200 deaths.

In Turkey alone, at least 9,057 people died in the south-east of the country, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday in the Hatay earthquake region.

So far, an estimated 53,000 people have been injured in the earthquake and more than 6,400 houses have collapsed.

At least 2,662 deaths were recently reported from Syria, although it is difficult to get an overview in a country ravaged by civil war.

In Hatay in southern Turkey: Helpers save a four-month-old baby

Update from Wednesday, February 8, 4:15 p.m .:

After 58 hours, rescue workers saved a four-month-old girl from under the rubble in Hatay in southern Turkey.

The helpers climbed into a gap between collapsed walls and lifted the whimpering baby out wrapped in a blanket, footage showed.

Rescuers are trying to calm the baby.

According to the DHA news agency, the search for the parents continues.

In Kahramanmaras, a one-year-old child was pulled alive from under the rubble with his pregnant mother after 56 hours, DHA reported.

The father had previously been saved alive.

Earthquake disaster in Syria and Turkey: Erdogan promises 500 euros for those affected

Update from Wednesday, February 8, 2:15 p.m .:

Turkish President Erdogan has promised financial aid to the victims of the devastating earthquake.

Affected families each received 10,000 Turkish lira (around 500 euros) in emergency aid, Erdogan promised on Wednesday during his visit to Kahramanmaras.

"Of course there were some problems on the first day, but on the second day and today the situation was managed," he said.

Clean-up work will begin promptly.

He also announced the establishment of collective accommodation.

Italy wants to send a naval ship with a field hospital and relief supplies to the earthquake areas in the next few days.

As the head of Italian civil protection, Fabrizio Curcio, announced on Wednesday, equipment and equipment for a field hospital, other special equipment, electronics and tents are to be transported with the ship.

In addition, doctors and helpers are sent to the areas of the eastern Mediterranean.

Because Italy is frequently hit by earthquakes, the country has well-trained specialists, equipment and schedules for such disasters.

Update from Wednesday, February 8, 1 p.m.:

Italian firefighters discovered a boy alive in the rubble of a collapsed house in Turkey.

As the fire department announced on Wednesday, it was located in the city of Antakya.

Around noon, the special forces were about to get the boy out from under the ruins of the house.

In north-west Syria, helpers had already rescued a newborn baby from the rubble on Wednesday.

The newborn was still connected by the umbilical cord to its mother, who did not survive the earthquake.

Update from Wednesday, February 8th, 12:20 p.m .:

According to reports from the


, the death toll after the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria has increased again drastically.

It is therefore assumed that more than 11,200 people died.

According to Turkish officials, the number of deaths in Turkey is 8,574. Numbers from Syria are therefore unclear, so far there have been 2,662 confirmed deaths.

Numerous people are still buried in the rubble.

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria: Erdogan travels to crisis area

Update from Wednesday, February 8, 11:30 a.m .:

The number of deaths after the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria is constantly increasing.

On Wednesday afternoon, Turkish authorities, the Syrian government and the White Helmets aid group reported a death toll of over 9,400. 6,957 deaths were reported from Turkey, 1,250 from areas under the control of the Syrian government and 1,280 from the rebel stronghold of Idlib.

After two days, the political situation and the role of Recep Tayyip Erdogan come into focus.

The Turkish President wants to get a picture of the situation on site after the earthquake.

He was expected in Hatay and Kahramanmaras provinces on Wednesday.

Both areas have been badly hit by the disaster and have claimed thousands of lives.

In many places, those affected complain about no or only sluggish help when rescuing people who have been buried.

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria: death toll rises to over 8,500

First report from Wednesday, February 8, 10:54 a.m .:

Istanbul/Damascus – More than 8,500 people lost their lives in the earthquake disaster in Turkey and Syria.

As of Wednesday (February 8), the confirmed death toll rose to 8,504. A total of 41,654 people were injured.

The horror reports of new casualties should not stop two days after the accident.

Meanwhile, helpers from all over the world are feverishly searching for people under the rubble.

A fight against time – and against freezing temperatures.

Two days after the natural disaster, hopes of finding survivors under the rubble of collapsed buildings are dwindling.

According to the civil protection authority Afad on Wednesday, 6,234 people died and 37,000 were injured in Turkey alone.

According to the local Ministry of Health and the rescue organization White Helmets, 2,270 people have died in Syria so far.

Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: Rescue work in the crisis area made more difficult

The political situation on site is also making aid more difficult - for example at the only open border crossing Bab al-Hawa between Turkey and Syria.

It is the last of what were once four border crossings through which aid can also reach parts of Syria that are not controlled by the government.

Because of road damage, the delivery of humanitarian aid is delayed there, said UN sources of the

German Press Agency (dpa)


Sources in the border crossing area said some main roads leading to the border suffered cracks or other damage from the tremors.

After the earthquake catastrophe in Turkey and Syria with thousands dead and injured, the extent is becoming increasingly clear.

According to Vice President Oktay, around 16,150 rescue and search teams are deployed - they have been deployed to all affected provinces and districts.

A total of around 60,000 helpers are on site.

Those affected and aid organizations depend on support.

Here you will find an overview of

donations for the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.

Earthquake in Turkey and Syria: situation in crisis areas dramatic - state of emergency declared

The situation in the crisis areas in Turkey and Syria is dramatic.

Rescuers and civilians continue to try to free victims from the rubble of destroyed buildings.

Hundreds of thousands of people have no roof over their heads.

Their homes collapsed in Monday's earthquakes.

Others have fled their homes in fear.

One day after the devastating earthquake in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a state of emergency on Tuesday (February 7).

"We are facing one of the greatest catastrophes in our history," Erdogan said, according to reports in the Turkish-language daily 



The state of emergency applies for three months in ten affected cities, and schools are to remain closed until February 20th.


List of rubrics: © Moritz Frankenberg/dpa

Source: merkur

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