At least 44,218 people have been killed by two strong earthquakes that jolted southern Türkiye on Feb. 6, the country’s disaster management agency said on Friday.
The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) in a statement said the quakes, centered in the Kahramanmaras province, were followed by 9,136 aftershocks.
The magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 tremors struck 10 other provinces – Hatay, Gaziantep, Adiyaman, Malatya, Adana, Diyarbakir, Kilis, Osmaniye, Sanliurfa, and Elazig. Some 13.5 million people have been affected by the devastating quakes.
Several countries in the region, including Syria and Lebanon, also felt the strong trembles that struck Türkiye in the space of fewer than 10 hours.
Teams set up nearly 335,400 tents that were dispatched by ministries and relevant institutions, as well as other countries and international organizations, in the earthquake zone, AFAD said.
More than 11,400 local and international search and rescue personnel are currently working in the field, it added.