Adana (EFE): “29,605 citizens have lost their lives,” says the Turkish emergency service AFAD in a message on Twitter this Sunday.
“29,605 citizens have lost their lives,” says the Turkish emergency service AFAD in a message on Twitter this Sunday.
To this are added 3,575 deaths in Syria, according to the latest figures recorded in that country.
AFAD did not report this Sunday on the number of injured but indicates that 148,000 people have been evicted from the ten affected provinces and that 233,000 people work in rescue work with more than 12,000 vehicles and machinery. The latest figures for injuries given by the Government exceed 80,000.
Although more than six days have passed since the quake, in the last 24 hours, nine people have been saved, from a three-year-old girl to an 85-year-old woman, who had spent between 140 and 155 hours in the rubble.
Almost 10,000 people have arrived from other countries to help with the rescues, including several Spanish teams of health workers, firefighters, and the military.
Seventy planes and 167 helicopters are also helping to assist victims. More than 300 mobile kitchens, 33 mobile bread ovens, and 83 toilet facilities have been transferred to the region so far, the agency added.
The area affected by the earthquake covers more than 100,000 square kilometers and is home to approximately 10 million people.
Assistance is hampered because several airports in the area have had to be closed to traffic due to being seriously damaged.
Today, after days of intense work, the Hatay airport, near the city of Antioquia, whose runway had become unusable due to cracks and deformations, has reopened, reports the Turkish public broadcaster TRT.
Antioquia, a city of almost 400,000 inhabitants, has been practically destroyed, without electricity or running water, and virtually all the buildings collapsed or were seriously damaged.