Turkey-Syria Earthquake: Death toll surpasses 28,000, rescue operation on
New Delhi : The death toll in quake affected Turkey and Syria has gone above 28,000 in seven days. With increasing number of days, the chances of finding survivors from the natural disaster is also fading.
The rescue operations are also being affected due to attacks from unnamed groups. According to a media report, German and Austrian rescuers have stopped their operation after facing clash from such groups.
The local media has reported cases of loot and attacks; around 50 people have also been arrested.
Meanwhile, Turkey's president has said that he will use his emergency powers against the people who will not follow the rules and disrupt the rescue operation.
A couple of hours after Austria paused its rescue efforts, the country's ministry of defence said that the Turkish army had stepped in to offer protection, allowing the rescue operations to resume. German forces, on the other hand, have also paused their rescue operations amid security threat.
It has been learned that more than 6000 buildings collapsed in the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday. A lot of questions are being raised on Turkey administration on how this could have been avoided if the buildings were earthquake resistant.
With elections looming, the president's future is on the line after spending 20 years in power and his pleas for national unity going unheeded.
The quake was described as the "worst event in 100 years in this region" by the United Nations aid chief, who was in the Turkish province of Kahramanmaras on Saturday.