The total death toll from the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that struck at dawn on Monday in the state of Kahramanmaras in southern Turkey and northern Syria has risen to 6,300, while 30,475 were injured, as of Tuesday.

Iran PressAsia: In Turkey alone, the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced that the death toll from the earthquake had risen to 4,544, and the injured to 26,725.

The Turkish authorities announced a large jump in the death toll, after it recorded 3,703, died earlier in the day.

The number of injuries in Turkey jumped from 22,168 to 20,426 over the past few hours.

Turkish authorities raised the alert to the fourth level, which includes a request for international assistance, while the emergency department warned of the presence of dangerous seismic activity in the region, and 312 aftershocks occurred in the aftermath of the earthquake.

As per a report by Anadolu Agency, 3,294 personnel from 70 countries have been sent to help in the search and rescue operation.

Together with the Turkish rescuers, 13,740 people have already been assigned to work in the disaster area. They are using 629 cranes and 360 vehicles, reports the BBC.

The disaster agency further confirmed that an air bridge has been established, and 146 aid-delivering sorties have already been made. In total, 300,000 blankets and 41,504 family tents have been delivered, along with heaters and kitchen sets.

Syria death toll

On the other hand, the number of earthquake victims throughout Syria rose to 1,782 dead and 3,750 injured in the governorates of Aleppo, Lattakia, Hama, Idlib, and Tartus, in an indefinite toll.


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