An estimated 35,000 people have died as a result of the deadly earthquake that struck sections of Turkey and Syria almost a week ago, and the likelihood of finding any more survivors among the wreckage diminishes by the day.
This area was hit by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake last week. Cold weather and aftershocks have hampered rescue efforts over the previous week.
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CNN reports that the confirmed death toll in Syria is now 3,576, while Turkish authorities say that 29,605 people have been killed in their country.
The senior U.N. official in charge of humanitarian aid has arrived at the border between Turkey and Syria, tweeting that residents of northwest Syria feel “abandoned.”
I quote: “We have so far failed the people in north-west Syria,” which he tweeted. As the author puts it, “They have every reason to feel abandoned.
There has been a wait for international assistance. I have a responsibility, and we all have one, to fix this mistake as soon as possible. At the moment, I’m concentrating on that.
As reported by CNN, the Syrian Civil Defense Group, popularly known as “The White Helmets,” concluded their search and rescue operations on Friday, and they expect the death toll to rise further. At this point, the team will begin its search and rescue efforts.
On Thursday, the United Nations made its first appearance in the area since the earthquake, and on Thursday, Geir Pederson, the United Nations special envoy to Syria, announced that aid would be distributed to northern Syria via Turkey and Damascus.
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On Friday, the WHO stated that it would be delivering medical aid to the Turkey and Syria region, where 400 thousand of people now lack access to basic healthcare.
On Sunday, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced that 110 tonnes of medical supplies had been flown to the region, with another flight bound for Damascus on Sunday night to provide much more.