Turkey-Syria quake updates: No aid in NW Syria yet, say rescuers

  • The death toll from the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday has risen to more than 12,000.
  • At least 9,057 people have died in Turkey, the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. At least 2,992 have been killed in Syria.
  • Erdogan travelled to some of the most affected areas. On Tuesday, he announced a three-month state of emergency across 10 provinces, while aid agencies grapple with the complicated logistics of sending emergency assistance to war-hit Syria.
  • The group leading efforts to rescue people buried under rubble in rebel-held areas of Syria, the Syrian Civil Defence, says it has not received any aid so far.
  • More than 12,000 Turkish search-and-rescue personnel are working in the affected areas, along with 9,000 troops. More than 70 countries have offered rescue teams and other aid.

    (Source: AlJazeera)