Race to discover earthquake survivors in Turkey
According to the Guardian’s Ruth Michaelson and Sam Jones, resentment in Turkey is growing at what has been regarded as a tardy and inadequate reaction by authorities:
Rescue workers worked through the night on Wednesday, sifting under the wreckage of fallen buildings, despite frigid temperatures, ruined roads, and inadequate infrastructure in both nations.
The magnitude 7.8 quake on Monday, accompanied by an almost identical quake hours later, fell thousands of structures, including hospitals, schools, and apartment towers, injuring tens of thousands of people and displacing tens of thousands throughout Turkey and Syria.
Rescue teams arrived at Hatay, Turkey
Extensive plumes of black smoke erupted from a significant fire blazing on the city’s harbour in Iskenderun, on the Mediterranean coast, on Tuesday nightWater had flowed into city streets as personnel cleared mountains of rubble from collapsed apartments, a process that, despite the rescue teams’ stamina and determination, appeared to move at a snail’s pace considering the magnitude of the devastation.
According to Reuters, Turkey’s disaster service has even upped the death toll from the earthquake. To date, the death toll in Turkey has reached 6,234 people. The agency reported that the number of people injured there has risen to 37,011, and more than 79,000 people are involved in search and rescue activities on the Turkish side of the border.
According to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the death toll in Turkey has risen to 9,057, bringing the overall number of dead in Turkey and Syria to more than 11,600.He went on to say that 52,979 people were hurt in Turkey.
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President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey announced a state of emergency in ten regions. However, residents in numerous affected cities expressed outrage and disappointment at the government’s response to Turkey’s worst earthquake in decades.
The Turkish government reaction
The Turkish government has justified its reaction, blaming the challenges on the state of the area’s roads and airports.Rescue attempts in Antakya have been marred by a relatively chaotic atmosphere, organisational issues, and a shortage of machinery.Many volunteers stopping traffic in Antakya have arrived from outside the city and need help to provide instructions.