The earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria almost two days ago has left at least 7,700 people dead.
The number of dead is expected to rise significantly as rescue crews continue operations to save those still trapped underneath the rubble.
Looking to help, search teams from almost 30 different countries have rushed to the areas of Syria hit by the earthquake. Despite this, aid is not arriving quickly enough to towns and cities that are cut off by the ongoing civil war in Syria.
The volunteer first responders, the White Helmets say that the devastation caused by the earthquake is too much for them to handle alone.
Meanwhile, the U.N. stated it was “exploring all avenues” to get aid to rebel-held areas of Syria after the only road U.N. aid workers are allowed to use to deliver aid to those areas was damaged by the earthquake.
Greek rescuers tried hard to get a young girl out of the ruble alive. They did not manage. Minutes after, they are rescuing her 6 yrs old sister. And they burst into tears. And then applauding. The mystery of life, the power of love. #Turkey, you are not alone! #TurkeyEarthquake pic.twitter.com/gS26kX6C3t
— Makis Mylonas (@MylonasMakis) February 7, 2023
In Turkey, approximately 380,000 have moved to hotels or shelters after being displaced by the earthquake.
Turkish authorities say that 8,000 people in Turkey have been rescued after being trapped by rubble.