The death toll in Turkey has risen to 83 since Friday’s (30 October) earthquake in the Aegean Sea. The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced that 962 people have been injured, with 743 discharged from hospitals and 219 still under treatment.
During rescue operations across nine buildings, a three-year-old toddler was rescued after 65 hours among the wreckage.
Those who either lost their homes in the earthquake or cannot enter their homes are spending nights outside. They have been staying in 12-person tents, leading to an increased risk of coronavirus spreading in the city.
To meet the urgent need for shelter in the city, 3,545 tents, 57 general-purpose tents, 24,382 blankets, 13,280 beds, 5,500 sleeping sets, 2,657 kitchen sets, and four showers and toilet containers were shipped to the earthquake zone, according to the AFAD.
Refugees are the hidden victims of the earthquake. They have not been provided with tents and have been on the streets for four days waiting for help.
The AFAD announced that the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.6 and the epicentre was off the coast of the Seferihisar district of İzmir city. Elsewhere the Kandilli Observatory announced a magnitude of 6.9 and The United States Geological Survey (USSG) measured it as 7.0.
More than a thousand aftershocks have hit the area since Friday. Forty-three of them were above a magnitude of 4.