A devastating earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, claiming more than 46,000 lives. The death toll is expected to rise as many are still missing and around 345,000 apartments in Turkey have been destroyed. Rescue efforts are ongoing, with workers from Kyrgyzstan managing to save a Syrian family of five from the rubble of a building in Antakya city. However, concerns are growing for victims in Syria, with the World Food Programme pressuring authorities to stop blocking access to the area to provide aid.
The Syrian and Turkish governments are cooperating, but the operation is being hampered in northwestern Syria where authorities are not giving sufficient access. The area is controlled by insurgents at war with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, making it difficult to get aid to people. The quake has left tens of thousands of buildings collapsed, leaving sanitation infrastructure damaged, causing concerns over the spread of infection. Aid organizations say the survivors will need help for months to come.
Turkey has promised to investigate anyone suspected of responsibility for the collapse of buildings, and over 100 suspects have been detained, including developers.
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