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Latest earthquake news in Turkey and Syria: deaths, rescues and more


More than ten days after a powerful earthquake rocked Turkey and Syria, rescuers are making their last ditch attempts to pull people out of the rubble as the death toll continues to rise. 

A woman pushes a cart past the rubble of collapsed buildings in Hatay, Turkey, on February 16, 2023. (Credit: Burak Kara/Getty Images)

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1 hour ago

More than 50,000 buildings need to be demolished in Turkey after the earthquake

By Jomana Karadsheh

Aerial view of a city in Turkey where there are hardly any buildings left standing 1:33

A CNN crew shows you an aerial view of the city of Antalya, which was completely destroyed after the earthquake on February 6.

According to the authorities, More than 50,000 buildings need to be demolished.

3 hours ago

Grandparents are looking for their 11-year-old granddaughter: "I want to find her, even if I'm freezing to death here waiting"

Talip and Havva are the grandparents of Hidayet, an 11-year-old girl who is still missing 10 days after the apocalyptic earthquake in Turkey.

They have not lost hope and say they are determined to stay as many days as necessary while rescuers review the mountain of rubble, which is all that remains of the apartment where the girl, her parents and her brother lived.

Grandparents desperately search for their 11-year-old granddaughter in Turkey 1:53

3 hours ago

10 days under the rubble: 3 survivors are rescued more than 248 hours after the earthquake

Ten days after the devastating earthquake struck southern Turkey and northern Syria, "miracle" rescues are still taking place.

The rescuers saved two women and a child who overcame hunger and cold for more than 240 hours and were pulled from the rubble, in delicate conditions, but alive.

2 women and a child survive more than 248 hours under the rubble 2:02

6 hours ago

VIDEO: A road split in half by the earthquake in Turkey

By Ivan Perez Sarmenti

The sinkhole left in the middle of a road by the earthquake in Turkey 0:41

7 hours ago

Two men rescued in Turkey 261 hours after earthquake, reports Turkey's Health Minister

By Talia Kayali

Two men were rescued at 261 hours in Hatay ten days after the devastating earthquake hit Turkey and Syria, Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said early Friday local time.

According to Koca, the rescue team found the men after a cleaning crew cleared rubble from the top of a collapsed private hospital building located on Odabasi Street.

A machine operator clearing the scene saw an injured leg dangling and alerted search and medical teams.

The rescued men were identified as 26-year-old Mehmet Ali Sakiroglu and 33-year-old Mustafa Avci.

Sakiroglu's father told CNN Turk that he arrived at the scene and waited there with hope.

He thanked everyone involved and added that Mehmet Ali Sakiroglu had taken his youngest son to the private hospital for a checkup when the earthquake struck.

“I am grateful to everyone, may God grant goodness to our country,” he said.

Mehmet Ali Sakiroglu's young son had previously been rescued.

The men were taken to Hatay makeshift hospital for treatment, according to the health minister.

9 hours ago

12-year-old boy is rescued in Turkey 260 hours after the earthquake

By Talia Kayali, Philip Wang

Credit: Turkish Police Association

A 12-year-old boy was rescued from rubble in Hatay province, 260 hours after the deadly earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, CNN Turk reported live from the scene on Thursday night.

According to CNN Turk, Osman, who appeared to be in good condition, was found sitting in a hole surrounded by beams and rubble.

He was taken to a hospital for a medical checkup.

Osman told the rescue team that another person was in the same place.

Police searched the area with guide dogs after Osman was rescued and stepped up their search for the person.

9 hours ago

Mission of 148 rescuers sent to Turkey returned to Mexico

By Maria Plaza


This Thursday, the mission of 148 rescuers who traveled to Turkey to help with the rescue efforts after the devastating earthquake returned to Mexico.

At the reception ceremony, tribute was paid to "Proteo", the rescue dog who died while searching for survivors.

His remains were transferred in an urn and when getting off the plane both members of the brigades and the other rescue dogs made a street of honor to pay him a last tribute.

Edgar Martínez, one of the specialists from the canine unit, said that there were 10 days of intense work in Turkey, especially due to the low temperatures that occurred in the areas.

However, he highlighted the great work of the canines throughout the stay.

Balam, a rescue dog from Mexico, finds an earthquake victim alive 2:13

10 hours ago

The number of fatalities after the earthquake increases: at least 43,885, according to the authorities

People around a fire in front of destroyed buildings on February 16, 2023 in Hatay, Turkey.

Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

The death toll from the February 6 earthquake in Turkey and Syria rose to at least 43,885 people, according to the latest figures from Turkey's government disaster management agency AFAD on Thursday.

At least 38,044 people have died in Turkey, AFAD said in a statement.

The death toll in Syria remains at least 5,841 according to the latest figures reported on Tuesday by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) citing the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU).

11 hours ago

5.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Hatay region on Thursday

By Hande Atay Alam

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck Hatay province on Thursday, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The depth of the earthquake is 10 km, located 19 kilometers west-northwest of Uzunbag, according to the USGS.

The Hatay region is one of the most affected after the earthquake on February 6.

12 hours ago

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivers first televised speech since deadly earthquake

By Hamdi Alkhshali

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (Credit/AFP via Getty Images)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday in his first speech broadcast on state television since the earthquake that "the homeland is the home... and its protection is a duty, regardless of the volume and type of challenge or potential have."

"While it is true that the war has drained and depleted many national resources and weakened capacities to deal with further crises, it also gave Syrian society the experience and ability to move quickly and effectively in the first hours of the earthquake," he added. Al-Assad.

Al-Assad said that the scale of that disaster and the "tasks entrusted to all of us are far greater than the capabilities available, but what our society was able to do with its individuals and institutions was also far greater than the capabilities it had." .

Al-Assad thanked the states that supported Syria.

“I extend my thanks to all the countries that have been with us since the first hours of the disaster, on behalf of our Arab brothers and friends, and their field assistance had a great impact in strengthening our capacities to face difficult circumstances in hours critics".

12 hours ago

A woman was rescued 258 hours after the earthquake in Turkey

By Hande Atay Alam

A woman named Neslihan Kilic was rescued alive 258 hours after the earthquake in Kahramanmaras, according to CNN's sister network, CNN Turk.

Gazi Yildirim, Kilic's brother-in-law, told CNN Turk that her husband and two children are still under the rubble.

The children are 2 and 5, and Kilic is 30, he said.

Kilic and his family used to live on the seventh floor of the Ebrar apartment complex in Kahramanmaras, according to Yildirim.

The brother-in-law began to cry when he told CNN reporter Turk that his grave had already been prepared.

"May Allah save others. She has two children and a husband who is still under the rubble," Yildirim said.

Yildirim also mentioned that Kilic was able to speak and tell her name to the rescuers when they pulled her out from under the rubble and took her directly to the Kahramanmaraş Sutcu Imam University College of Medicine.

13 hours ago

Criticism grows over Turkey's new earthquake campaign that raised more than $6.1 billion

By Yusuf Gezer, Isil Sariyuce, Hande Atay Alam

Items donated for those affected by the collapse and destruction caused by the earthquake last week that devastated Syria and Turkey (Credit: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images)

Turkey's new campaign for earthquake victims, dubbed "Türkiye One Heart", raised more than 115.1 billion Turkish lira (about US$6.1 billion) after most Turkish channels and radio stations broadcast it this Wednesday night to help survivors of the devastating earthquake that devastated 11 provinces.

Many well-known Turkish celebrities attended the live coverage to help launch the campaign and answer calls for donations.

During a phone call to the live show, Governor Sahap Kavcioglu announced that the Central Bank of Turkey (CBRT) would donate 30 billion Turkish liras ($1.6 billion), which is the highest donation and accounts for about a quarter of all the money raised during this Wednesday night show, according to the local state news agency Anadolu.

However, following the announcement of the donation amounts and where most of the money was raised from, criticism began to erupt on social media.

Professor Refet Gurkaynak, an economist at Bilkent University, wrote on his Twitter: “It would be great if you reduced the salaries of PPK (Central Bank Monetary Policy Committee) members, but it wouldn't add up to 30 billion (I hope).

If you are donating money from the Central Bank, you are giving what is public, be ashamed of bragging about it.

(And if you're inventing assets and creating new liabilities in return, I don't think you can sleep)”

Hakan Kara, former chief economist at the Central Bank of Turkey, also questioned the donations via his Twitter account: “Is the 'donation' made by the Central Bank to the public a donation in practice?

When the CBRT makes a donation to the public, it counts it as an expense, its profit decreases, and it transfers less to the Treasury the following year."

Kara added: "In other words, in a functional sense, it is the withdrawal of profit that the CBRT will transfer to the Treasury in the future, instead of a grant. What does it do? This year, public finances are eased, the deficit The budget and public debt are temporarily low, and public interest spending is reduced. What is the risk? As a result of this transfer, if the public spends much more with the feeling of temporary relief, inflation will rise."

There were also state banks and other organizations that donated large amounts.

Turkey's state banks followed suit with Ziraat Bankasi pledging 20 billion lira ($1 billion), Vakif with 12 billion Turkish lira ($637 million) and Halk with 7 billion lira ($371.3 million). ), Anadolu reported.

Editor-in-chief of Turkey's popular independent media platform Medyascope, Rusen Cakir, criticized the on-air campaign saying: "A lot of this is money the government already had, which could have been donated without the spectacle of a big broadcast. of television... Some of the big businessmen who have donated are trying to claim their claim by donating in front of everyone's eyes.Although the money that has been raised is significant, the way the fundraiser was carried out to call attention has a repulsive side.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on one of his first tours to the areas affected by the earthquake in Turkey.

(Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The country's GSM operators Turkcell and Turk Telekom also donated 3.5 billion lira (US$185.6 million) and 2 billion lira (US$106 million), Anadolu reported.

Turkey Savings Deposit Insurance Fund, Borsa Istanbul and Turkey Sigorta Turkish Banking Group donated 2 billion lira ($106 million) each.

The country's defense company Baykar and the flag carrier Turkish Airlines also donated 2 billion lira ($106 million) each.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, cabinet members, opposition party leaders and many celebrities also made large donations to the campaign.

Donations collected through the campaign will be sent to the country's Emergency and Disaster Management Presidency (AFAD) and the Turkish Red Crescent Society, according to Anadolu.

14 hours ago

54 people have been arrested in Turkey in connection with buildings destroyed by the earthquake

By Yusuf Gezer

Aerial view of destroyed buildings on February 16, 2023 in Hatay, Turkey.

Burak Kara/Getty Images

At least 54 people have been arrested so far in Turkey in connection with buildings that were destroyed or damaged by the quake, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Thursday.

Speaking from Diyarbakir, Bozdağ said that so far there are 245 suspects against whom "actions have been taken".

"The guilt of all those responsible for its construction, control and use is assessed separately," he said.

“Evidence detection procedures have been completed in Adana, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Şanlıurfa and Kilis.

The rubble is not removed until the evidence is collected."

On Monday, the minister said authorities are working to identify the names of the people responsible for the buildings.

He also noted that “some of the buildings are 30 years old, some are older, some are 20, and some were built in the near future, so our municipalities have this information.”

According to Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency, those arrested and those for whom arrest warrants have been issued include construction contractors and supervisors of some of the collapsed buildings.

14 hours ago

The UN makes a humanitarian appeal to collect US $ 1,000 million to help in the earthquake in Turkey

By Richard Roth, Amy Cassidy

Destroyed buildings are seen on February 16, 2023 in Hatay, Turkey.

Credit: Burak Kara/Getty Images

The United Nations has launched a humanitarian appeal to raise $1 billion in aid for earthquake relief efforts in Turkey over the course of three months, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement on Thursday.

The funds "will help 5.2 million people and enable aid organizations to quickly scale up vital support for government-led relief efforts in a number of areas including food security, protection, education, water and shelter." , indicated.

It comes two days after the UN launched an urgent appeal for $397 million in aid for the Syria earthquake, which also covers a three-month period.

Guterres said that "this is the time for the world" to support Turkey, noting that it is "home to the largest number of refugees in the world" and has shown "enormous generosity to its Syrian neighbors for years."

“The needs are enormous, people are suffering and there is no time to lose,” he continued.

“I urge the international community to step up and fully fund this key effort in response to one of the greatest natural disasters of our time,” the UN chief added.

Shop owners take their products out of their shops after the earthquake in Hatay, Turkey.

Credit: Burak Kara/Getty Images

15 hours ago

CNN visits trauma hospital in Turkey

By Sanjay Gupta

Watch survivor stories at Turkey's trauma hospital 2:53

Rescuers in Turkey say they hear voices under the rubble more than a week after the quake.

A sign of hope amid the devastation that has left more than 41,000 people dead so far in Turkey and Syria.

Doctor Sanjay Gupta is visiting a hospital where some of the survivors are being treated.

17 hours ago

Turkish channels baptize Aleyna as the "miracle girl", rescued alive 248 hours after the earthquake

By Hande Atay Alam

Aleyna Olmez's uncle celebrates the rescue of the 17-year-old girl from under the rubble of a collapsed building, 248 hours after the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria.

(Credit: OZAN KOSE / AFP)

Los canales de televisión turcos bautizaron a Aleyna, de 17 años, como la "niña milagrosa", tras ser rescatada con vida este jueces 248 horas después del devastador terremoto de la semana pasada.

El equipo del canal de noticias estatal de Turquía TRT Haber visitó a Aleyna en la habitación del hospital en la que se encuentra después de la operación de rescate y habló con ella, con sus médicos y sus familiares. Desde su cama de hospital, las cámaras de TRT Haber mostraron a Aleyna con sus ojos abiertos, su cuerpo cubierto hasta el cuello y los tubos insertados para proporcionarle oxígeno.

Alyena fue llevada directamente a la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Kahramanmaraş Sutcu Imam después de la operación de rescate de este jueves.

Un video mostró a la tía y a la abuela de Aleyna junto a su cama, tocándole la cara y besándole las manos.

Cuando el corresponsal de TRT Haber se acercó a Aleyna con un micrófono para preguntarle cómo estaba, Aleyna negó con la cabeza y sonrió.

El médico de Aleyna, el doctor Dilber, estaba muy sorprendido por el buen estado de salud de Aleyna y dijo a TRT Haber: "No pudo comer nada y no bebió nada en todo este tiempo (cuando estuvo bajo los escombros), pero aún así se encuentra en buenas condiciones".

Dilber añadió que estaba muy sorprendido y que "como no podía moverse bajo los escombros, podríamos decir que su inactividad ha protegido un poco a Aleyna, que necesitaba energía y ha aguantado durante este tiempo, aunque supongo que tampoco eso explica lo que ha sucedido".

El Dr. Dilber también dijo que en el momento en que llevaron a Aleyna al hospital, ella estaba consciente y hablaba con los médicos.

“Hemos hecho las intervenciones necesarias. Se tomaron imágenes corporales y análisis de sangre. Estaba en muy buenas condiciones”, dijo el médico. "No hubo hipotermia. Los análisis de sangre también mostraron muy buenas funciones renales. Las enzimas musculares no estaban demasiado altas. La terapia de fluidos comenzó de inmediato. Después de la terapia de fluidos, Aleyna nos habló muy bien", agregó.

Hacer Atlas, miembro del equipo de búsqueda y rescate que salvó a la joven víctima del terremoto, dijo a la agencia de noticias estatal Anadolu de Turquía que pudieron llegar a Aleyna después de largos y agotadores esfuerzos. “Primero le tomamos la mano, luego la sacamos. Está en muy buenas condiciones y se puede comunicar. Espero que sigamos recibiendo buenas noticias de su parte”, dijo Atlas sobre el momento en que encontraron a Aleyna.

TRT Haber informó más tarde que Aleyna fue llevada a Ankara en avión.

Hace 17 horas

Una joven de 17 años es rescatada de entre los escombros 248 horas después del terremoto de Turquía

Por Isil Sariyuce

Una niña de 17 años fue rescatada con vida de los escombros 248 horas después del terremoto en la ciudad turca de Kahramanmaraş, informó la emisora estatal turca TRT Haber.

Los mineros ayudaron a rescatar a la niña, llamada Aleyna, de entre los escombros en el distrito de Kayabasi de la ciudad, informó TRT Haber.

Un video mostrado por la emisora la mostró siendo llevada en una camilla a una ambulancia.

Hace 18 horas

Cómo ayudar a las víctimas del terremoto en Turquía y Siria

Por Julia M. Chan

Más de 36.000 personas murieron y cientos de miles resultaron heridas luego de que un fuerte terremoto sacudiera Turquía y Siria el 6 de febrero. El sismo de magnitud 7,8 fue uno de los más fuertes que han sacudido la zona en más de un siglo.

En medio de fuertes réplicas, la Agencia Turca de Gestión de Desastres y Emergencias (AFAD) pidió ayuda internacional.

La Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja (FICR) dijo que ha lanzado "asistencia inmediata en efectivo" a partir de su Fondo de Emergencia para la Respuesta a Desastres para ayudar en las labores de socorro en ambos países.

Muchas otras organizaciones también están respondiendo sobre el terreno. Puedes ayudar haciendo clic aquí.

Hace 18 horas

En medio de la devastación, una familia de Turquía se reune con su "bebé milagro", hallada entre los escombros del terremoto

Por Katherine Dillinger

Los médicos de Birce dicen que está en camino a la recuperación. (CNN)

Al igual que las de miles de familias en Turquía y Siria, la vida de los Fansa quedó destrozada por los terremotos de la semana pasada. Pero Nilay Fansa y su esposo, Cengiz, también se aferran a su “bebé milagro”.

Los terremotos del 6 de febrero atraparon a la familia bajo los escombros de lo que había sido su edificio de apartamentos de siete pisos en Kahramanmaras, Turquía. Nilay fue liberada unas 14 horas después, luego su hija de 4 años, Nil, y finalmente Cengiz.

El cuerpo de la hija del medio, Alin, de 2 años, fue encontrado cuatro días después del terremoto, y los Fansa asumieron que la bebé Birce también había muerto.

“Todavía estábamos en estado de shock después del evento”, dijo Nilay este martes, a través de un intérprete, al corresponsal médico jefe de CNN, el Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “En ese momento, siendo el quinto día, pensamos que estaríamos viendo su cuerpo sin vida”.

La familia Fansa —Nilay y Cengiz con sus hijas Birce, Alin y Ni— en diciembre. (Crédito: Cortesía de la familia Fansa)

No sabían que minutos después del terremoto, un vecino que pensó que estaban siguiendo los sonidos de un gato, ayudó a encontrar viva a Birce, de 8 meses, entre los escombros.

“Cuando ocurrió el terremoto, ella salió despedida del quinto piso”, dijo Nilay. “Básicamente se cayó de la ventana. Y así es como ella también sobrevivió; de lo contrario, el lugar donde había estado su catre quedó completamente aplastado bajo el concreto.

Lee la historia completa aquí.

Hace 18 horas

Pope Francis sends a special message to the Turkish earthquake victims

By Delia Gallagher

Pope Francis in a file photograph

Pope Francis sent a message of hope and prayers to the Turkish victims of the earthquake on February 6, after meeting on Thursday with the Turkish ambassador to the Vatican, Ufuk Ulutas, according to a statement released by the Vatican press office.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the noble Turkish people at this time of great suffering. Dear brothers and sisters, I am close to you and I pray for you," the pope wrote in a book during the diplomatic meeting.

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Source: cnnespanol

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