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ANTAKYA, (Turkey) Feb. 7, 2023

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan today declared a state of emergency in 10 provinces devastated by two earthquakes that killed more than 5,100 people and left a trail of destruction across a wide area of southern Turkey and neighbouring Syria.

A day after the quakes hit, rescuers working in harsh conditions were struggling to dig people out of the rubble of collapsed buildings in a race against time. As the scale of disaster became ever more apparent, the death toll looked likely to rise considerably.

One United Nations official said it was feared thousands of children may have even killed. Thousands of buildings were toppled, hospitals and schools wrecked and tens of thousands of people were injured or left homeless in several Turkish and Syrian cities by the earthquake with magnitude of 7.8, the deadliest in Turkey since 1999 and a second one hours later.

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