Turkey-Syria earthquake death toll likely to surpass 56,000, UN reports

United Nations emergency relief chief Martin Griffiths shared some grim news about the earthquakes in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria.  Griffiths believes that the death toll for both earthquakes is likely to exceed 56,000 people.  The death toll was said to be 33,185 on Sunday afternoon.

On Monday, a pair of magnitude 7.8 and 7.5 earthquakes struck approximately 9 hours apart.  The earthquakes toppled over buildings and destroyed structures.

“I think it is difficult to estimate precisely as we need to get under the rubble but I’m sure it will double or more,” Griffiths told Sky News. “That’s terrifying. This is nature striking back in a really harsh way.”

Nearly 13.5 million people live in the hardest hit area, which is approximately 310 miles in diameter. 

A massive search and rescue operation was still ongoing on Sunday, with 34,717 Turkish personnel assisted by 9,595 personnel from 74 other countries.

 First responders utilized thermal cameras to search for survivors under piles of concrete.

Turkish officials have taken aim at both poor-quality construction and also accused companies of ignoring building regulations.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag confirmed on Sunday that 131 people are being investigated in relation to buildings that were toppled during the earthquake.




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