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The combined death toll in Turkey and Syria has passed 5,000 following two massive earthquakes on Monday and in the midst of continuing aftershocks.
The number of collapsed buildings in Turkey due to the earthquakes on Monday has surpassed 5,700, including heritage sites and churches. The number does not include those at risk of collapsing due to aftershocks.
Alongside messages of condolence, a global effort has been mobilised to support rescue efforts after the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. International organisations from many countries will send humanitarian aid to the affected areas including search-and-rescue teams, personnel and equipment to set up camps for shelter, fire fighters and medical teams.
The International Rescue Committee said that an urgent increase in funding is a must to ensure that those affected by the earthquake get the support they need in northern Syria. They continued to warn that thousands were at risk because of the already harsh conditions in the war-torn region. Local NGO, the Kurdistan Red Crescent has launched an appeal to help the victims of Monday’s devastating earth quake.
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