Turkish president admits post-quake search & rescue operations not going fast enough

Türkiye Materials 10 February 2023 16:50 (UTC +04:00)
Humay Aghajanova
Humay Aghajanova
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, February 10. Some 94 countries have offered Türkiye to help eliminate consequences of the earthquake, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, Trend reports.

"Foreign and local groups are conducting search and rescue operations. However, we were unable to accelerate the search and rescue operations," Erdogan said.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 hit southeastern Türkiye on Feb. 6, 2023. The earthquake occurred at a depth of seven kilometers in the Pazarcik region of Kahramanmaras Province. The provinces of Hatay, Gaziantep, Kilis, Osmaniye, Malatya, Adiyaman, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana and Kahramanmaras were subjected to severe destruction.

The quake’s epicenter was located 26 km away from the city of Gaziantep with a population of about 1.06 million.

Türkiye’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said that three more earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.4-6.6 rocked Gaziantep province in south-eastern Türkiye. As a result of the earthquake that hit Türkiye, strong tremors were also felt in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Cyprus.

As many as 18,991 people died, and 75,523 people got injured following the earthquake in Türkiye.