Monday, June 24, 2024

Rescuers work through night after quakes kill thousands

(BBC News)

  • A rescue operation is under way across much of southern Turkey and northern Syria following a huge earthquake that has killed at least 3,500 people.
  • The 7.8-magnitude quake struck near Gaziantep in the early hours of Monday while people were asleep.
  • A 7.5-magnitude tremor then hit at around 13:30 local time (10:30 GMT), which officials said was “not an aftershock”
  • The country’s disaster agency says more than 2,300 people were killed in Turkey alone after the first quake, and more than 14,000 were injured.
  • More than 1,400 people are reported to have died in Syria.
  • Rescuers are racing to save people trapped beneath the rubble after thousands of buildings collapsed in both countries.
  • World leaders have pledged to send aid after Turkey issued an international appeal for help.

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