Death toll from earthquake in Turkey nears 22,000: Erdogan


The death toll from a devastating earthquake in Turkey has risen to 21,848, President Tayyip Erdogan said in the Sanliurfa province on Saturday, in the speech broadcast by local television.

“The death toll is 21,848, while 80,104 people are injured,” he said.

Two powerful 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes rocked Turkey’s Kahramanmaras province, located in the country’s southeast, on February 6. The tremors, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, were felt in ten provinces as well as in neighboring countries, including Syria, which was worst affected. -TASS