Rescue efforts are underway in Turkey and Syria after two major earthquakes in the countries have resulted in the death of thousands
Over 2,000 people have died after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Turkey and north-west Syria early morning on Monday, February 6.
According to a report in the Guardian, the countries were then hit again with second earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale, during the afternoon of Monday, while the rescue operations were underway.
As per estimates by both the governments, thousands of people have been reported injured after the earthquakes destroyed sections of major cities, home to millions of people.
A statement made by Turkey’s vice-president, Fuat Oktay estimated that the death toll in the country had exceed more than 1500 people, by the evening of Monday.
Estimates by disaster relief teams working on the ground in Turkey suggest that atleast 8,500 people have also been injured.
Syria, which has already suffered during the past 11 years of civil war reported more than 326 people dead, according to estimates by the health ministry.
Another 147 deaths have also been reported by rescue groups working in parts of north-west Syria, which is controlled by rebel groups.
Authorities have now said that as the rescue operations continue, due to the extent of damage, the death toll in the regions is expects to substantially increase.
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