In Turkey and Syria, the death toll of 28,000 could “double”

The dramatic toll of the earthquake continues to grow. Nearly a week after the terrible disaster, the earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 killed at least 28,191 people: 24,617 in Turkey and 3,574 in Syria, according to the latest official figures released on Sunday.

And for the head of the UN humanitarian agency, the two countries will continue to face horror. The human toll will “double or more”, according to Martin Griffiths who went to Turkey on Saturday in the city of Kahramanmaras, epicenter of the earthquake which occurred on February 6. “I think it’s difficult to estimate (the toll) precisely because we have to go under the rubble,” he told Sky News, adding that the “we haven’t really started counting yet. the number of dead.

Millions homeless

Tens of thousands of rescue workers continue to search the rubble in the freezing cold which adds to the misery experienced by millions of people affected. The United Nations has warned that at least 870,000 people urgently need hot meals in Turkey and Syria. Up to 5.3 million are currently thought to be homeless in Syria alone.

Nearly 26 million people have been affected by the earthquake, WHO said on Saturday, appealing for donations of $42.8 million to fund immediate health needs.

Turkey’s Disaster Management Agency said more than 32,000 members of Turkish organizations were taking part in the search. In addition, there are 8,294 rescuers from abroad. “Soon the people in charge of search and rescue will give way to the humanitarian agencies whose job it is to take care of the extraordinary number of people affected over the next few months,” Martin Griffiths also said in a video on Saturday. posted on his Twitter account.

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