On Wednesday, the number of people died in Turkey and Syria’s earthquake reached over 15000. Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan admits his failure to meet specific standards after criticism of his government’s response to the massive tragedy.
What is the Complete Story?
The increasing area of the deadly Turkey earthquake that collapsed thousands of buildings and killed countless people has overwhelmed the rescue operations already hindered by the heavy rain.
People are crawling for shelter and food. On the other hand, some people seem to be helpless as their loved ones are stuck under debris, asking for help, and eventually die in front of their eyes.
A kindergarten teacher, Semire Corban, made a statement that her nephew, sister-in-law and sister-in-law’s sister got stuck under debris, and they don’t seem to have any chance of survival.
She said she tried to reach them and talk to them, but there was no response. Even three days after the earthquake, rescuers are searching for survivors, but the number of people dying is still increasing.
Online criticism is increasing daily regarding what the Turkish government is doing for the survivors as the death toll keeps rising. Yesterday, Twitter gets down in Turkey as it have been filled with the tweets people complaining about lack of search and rescue efforts from Turkish government.
In response to the people criticising, Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited one of the deadliest spots, epicentre Kahramanmaras to acknowledge the issue.
The president made a statement that, of course, there are shortcomings, but after seeing the condition, it’s impossible to be ready for a massive disaster like this.
Rescuers Felt Alone in Responding to the Survivors
Due to the increasing damage scale, rescuers feel alone in responding to survivors in certain areas, leading to people dying every second.
Talking about the collapsed buildings in the tragedy, there were around 400-500 people stuck under them, with only 10-15 people trying to get out safely. In the race against time, rescuers putting efforts in search of people stuck under the debris have appealed for international help.
Turkey earthquake rescuers are working extremely hard to pull survivors from the debris of dozens of collapsed buildings in northwest areas of war-torn Syria.
Syria Appealed for EU Help
The bloc’s commissioner for crisis management, Janez Lenarcic, said that the issue of aiding Syria is one of the delicate topics and the sanctioned government in Damascus appealed for European Union help.
Janez noted that the EU encourages countries to respond to Syria’s request for medical supplies and food. As we have already told you in the previous news article, many countries have come forward to provide support, such as the United States, China and the Gulf States.
However, the nations have already provided the relief supplies.