Earthquake rescue work moves slowly as death toll nears 5,000 in Türkiye and Syria

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ANTAKYA: Overwhelmed rescuers struggled to save people trapped under the rubble as the death toll from a devastating earthquake in Türkiye and Syria approached 5,000 on Tuesday (Feb 7)

approached 5,000 on Tuesday , with despair mounting and the scale of the disaster hampering relief efforts.

In Türkiye, the death toll climbed to 3,381 people, Türkiye's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority said. "There have been no survivors yet. A street dog came and barked at a certain point for long, I feared it was for my mother. But it was someone else," she said. Ankara declared a"level 4 alarm" that calls for international assistance, but not a state of emergency that would lead to the mass mobilisation of the military.

Another earthquake of 5.6-magnitude struck central Türkiye on Tuesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said. In the Turkish city of Iskenderun, rescuers climbed an enormous pile of debris that was once part of a state hospital's intensive care unit in search of survivors. Health workers did what they could to tend to the new rush of injured.


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