The World Health Organization warned that as the rescue work continued, the death toll due to the strong earthquake may increase by about 8 times, rising to more than 20,000 people.
The picture shows Turkish rescuers searching for the victims.
[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] At 4:17 a.m. local time on the 6th, a strong earthquake with a scale of 7.8 occurred at the junction of southern Turkey and northern Syria. At least 4,372 people died in Turkey and Syria in this strong earthquake. The World Health Organization (WHO) officials warned that the initial report estimated that about 2,600 people died. As the rescue work continues, the death toll due to the strong earthquake may increase by about 8 times, rising to more than 20,000 people.
According to comprehensive foreign media reports, Catherine Smallwood (Catherine Smallwood), a senior WHO emergency response officer in Europe, told AFP, "Unfortunately, the same situation always occurs whenever an earthquake occurs, compared with the estimated death toll in the initial report , the death toll will rise sharply in the next week.”
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Smallwood said the initial death toll was estimated at 2,600, but as rescuers find more victims in the rubble, that number could increase to about eight times, to more than 20,000 dead; Smallwood added, The local snow will cause more people to be forced to be homeless and increase the risk of life.
It is reported that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) pointed out that after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake, there were at least 77 aftershocks with a magnitude of 4.0 or more, and 3 of them were above 6.0 in magnitude. More victims continue to be reported.