The Turkish and Syrian authorities raise the death toll from the earthquakes to more than 8,700

The authorities of Turkey and Syria have indicated that the balance of fatalities due to the earthquakes registered this Monday near the border of both countries is more than 8,700 people, while the number of injured exceeds 41,665 victimsin a balance still to be defined.

The Vice President of Turkey, fuat otkayhas specified that 6,234 people have died in his country, while 37,011 have been injured.

The government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set up a Crisis Management Center at the Ministry of Defense to “cope with this huge disaster”, in order to transport the rescue personnel and team via an air aid bridge.

Defense Minister, Hulusi Akarhas detailed that 2,600 rescue personnel have been transferred from various parts of the country to the affected places, along with 78 vehicles, other materials and 75 aircraft, the Anatolia news agency reported.

For his part, the earthquake has left 1,250 dead and 2,054 injured in the areas of Syria controlled by the authorities, according to data from the Syrian Ministry of Health published on his Facebook social network profile. These data correspond to the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, Tartus and the areas of Idlib in the hands of government forces.

“We are in a race against time and working with the maximum energy available and with the cooperation of all parties,” reads a statement from the Syrian Health Ministry, which indicates that the country’s Executive has reviewed the emergency measures that govern the situation.

To the Syrian government figures we must add more than 1,020 dead and 2,400 wounded in rebel-held areas in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo (northwest), according to what the Syrian Civil Defense, known as the ‘white helmets’, has said through its Twitter account, where it has lamented “the catastrophe and devastation” caused by the earthquake.

Likewise, the ‘white helmets’ have pointed out that more than 360 buildings have been completely destroyedwhile more than a thousand are “severely destroyed”.

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