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3 useless, over 200 injured as new quake hits Turkey, Syria

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A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey on Monday, killing three individuals and injuring over 200 others, simply weeks after a lethal quake devastated the area.

A person speaks on the telephone as he sits by a fireplace close to a destroyed constructing within the aftermath of a lethal earthquake in Antakya, Turkey (Reuters)

By Associated Press: A brand new 6.4 magnitude earthquake on Monday killed three individuals and injured greater than 200 in elements of Turkey laid waste two weeks in the past by an enormous quake that killed tens of 1000’s, authorities mentioned. More buildings collapsed, trapping some individuals, whereas scores of accidents have been recorded in neighboring Syria too.

Monday’s earthquake was centered within the city of Defne, in Turkey’s Hatay province, one of many worst-hit areas within the magnitude 7.8 quake that struck on Feb. 6. It was felt in Syria, Jordan, Cyprus, Israel and as distant as Egypt, and adopted by a second, magnitude 5.8 temblor.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu mentioned three individuals have been killed and 213 injured. Search and rescue efforts have been underway in three collapsed buildings the place six individuals have been believed trapped.

In Hatay, police rescued one particular person trapped inside a three-story constructing and have been attempting to achieve three others inside, HaberTurk tv reported. It mentioned these trapped included movers serving to individuals shift furnishings and different belongings from the constructing that was broken within the huge quake.

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Syria’s state information company, SANA, reported that six individuals have been injured in Aleppo by falling particles. The White Helmets, northwest Syria’s civil protection group, reported greater than 130 accidents, most of them non-life threatening, together with fractures and circumstances of individuals fainting from concern, whereas various buildings in areas already broken by the quake collapsed.

The Feb. 6 quake killed almost 45,000 individuals in each international locations — the overwhelming majority of them in Turkey, the place greater than 1,000,000 and a half persons are in short-term shelters. Turkish authorities have recorded greater than 6,000 aftershocks since.

HaberTurk journalists reporting from Hatay mentioned they have been jolted violently by Monday’s quake and held on to one another to keep away from falling.

In the Turkish metropolis of Adana, eyewitness Alejandro Malaver mentioned individuals left houses for the streets, carrying blankets of their vehicles. Malaver mentioned everybody is admittedly scared and “no one wants to get back into their houses.”

Mehmet Salhaoglullari, from a village close to Samandag, mentioned he was consuming at a restaurant when the constructing started to shake.

“We all threw ourselves outside and we continued to shake outside,” he mentioned.

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In the Syrian metropolis of Idlib, frightened residents have been getting ready to sleep in parks and different public locations, whereas gas strains shaped at gasoline stations as individuals tried to get so far as attainable from any buildings which may collapse.

The Syrian American Medical Society, which runs hospitals in northern Syria, mentioned it had handled various sufferers — together with a 7-year-old boy — who suffered coronary heart assaults introduced on by concern following the brand new quake.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Hatay earlier on Monday, and mentioned his authorities would start developing near 200,000 new houses within the quake-devastated area as early as subsequent month.

Erdogan mentioned the brand new buildings will probably be no taller than three or 4 tales, constructed on firmer floor and to larger requirements and in session with “geophysics, geotechnical, geology and seismology professors” and different specialists.

The Turkish chief mentioned destroyed cultural monuments can be rebuilt in accordance with their “historic and cultural texture.”

Erdogan mentioned round 1.6 million persons are presently being housed in short-term shelters.

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The Turkish catastrophe administration company AFAD on Monday raised the variety of confirmed fatalities from the Feb. 6 earthquake in Turkey to 41,156. That elevated the general demise toll in each Turkey and Syria to 44,844.

Search and rescue operations for survivors have been referred to as off in a lot of the quake zone, however AFAD chief Yunus Sezer mentioned earlier that search groups have been persevering with their efforts in additional than a dozen collapsed buildings — largely in Hatay province.

There have been no indicators of anybody being alive below the rubble since three members of 1 household — a mom, father and 12-year-old boy — have been extracted from a collapsed constructing in Hatay on Saturday. The boy later died.

Authorities mentioned greater than 110,000 buildings throughout 11 quake-hit Turkish provinces have been both destroyed or so severely broken by the Feb. 6 quake that they must be torn down.

The European Union’s well being company warned Monday of the danger of illness outbreaks within the coming weeks. The Centre for Disease Prevention and Controls mentioned that “food and water-borne diseases, respiratory infections and vaccine-preventable infections are a risk in the upcoming period, with the potential to cause outbreaks, particularly as survivors are moving to temporary shelters.”

“A surge of cholera cases in the affected areas is a significant possibility in the coming weeks,” it mentioned, noting that authorities in northwestern Syria have reported 1000’s of circumstances of the illness since final September and a deliberate vaccination marketing campaign was delayed because of the quake.

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Feb 21, 2023