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Here are some of the international rescue teams making their way to Turkey from Germany, the US and Pakistan:

German ISAR rescuers prepare before boarding a plane to help find survivors of the deadly earthquake in Turkey, at Cologne-Bonn airport
Rescuers of International Search and Rescue Germany prepare before boarding a charter plane, on their way to help find survivors of the deadly earthquake in Turkey, at Cologne-Bonn airport, Germany, on 6 February 2023.
Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters
Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department USA-2 prepare for deployment after being activated by US Aid to go to Turkey to assist with earthquake recovery efforts, in Pacoima, California on 6 February 2023.
Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department USA-2 prepare for deployment after being activated by US Aid to go to Turkey to assist with earthquake recovery efforts, in Pacoima, California on 6 February 2023. Photograph: Allison Dinner/EPA
Members of the Urban Search and Rescue team of Pakistan Army, board an Air Force aircraft, to help in the aftermath of an earthquake in Turkey, at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan 7 February 2023.
Members of the Urban Search and Rescue team of Pakistan Army, board an air force aircraft, to help in the aftermath of an earthquake in Turkey, at Nur Khan airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan 7 February 2023. Photograph: Inter-Services Public Relations (ispr)/Reuters
Ruth Michaelson

Ruth Michaelson

Difficult conditions and freezing temperatures hampered rescue efforts overnight in Turkey and Syria, one day after a powerful earthquake struck the region, killing at least 4,300 people.

As the scale of the devastation from the 7.8 magnitude tremor continued to unfold, the World Health Organization warned the number of casualties could exceed 20,000.

International rescue missions rushed to both countries and worked through the night to find survivors on Tuesday.

People warm themselves up around a fire as emergency personnel search for victims at the site of a collapsed building after an earthquake in Iskenderun district of Hatay, Turkey, 06 February 2023.
People warm themselves up around a fire as emergency personnel search for victims at the site of a collapsed building after an earthquake in Iskenderun district of Hatay, Turkey, 06 February 2023. Photograph: Erdem Şahin/EPA

The early-morning quake and aftershocks, including a 7.5 magnitude tremor, wiped out entire apartment blocks in Turkey and heaped more destruction on Syrian communities already devastated by over a decade of war:

Almost 13,000 rescue workers leave Istanbul for affected areas – local media

As of 6 am, early 13,000 rescue workers, many of them volunteers, had left Istanbul in the last 12 hours, according to the news organisation Sabah, which cites the governor of Istanbul.

Many are bound for Hatay, where, according to reports, there is growing anger at the lack of assistance for people trapped under the rubble.

İstanbul Valisi Ali Yerlikaya: 06.00 itibarıyla İstanbul’umuzdan; 73 uçak ile 12 bin 752 personelimiz ve AFAD Gönüllülerimiz, başta Hatay olmak üzere deprem bölgesine sevk edildi. pic.twitter.com/4YHysJQvT5

— Sabah (@sabah) February 7, 2023

US-Turkey thinktank The SETA Foundation at Washington DC, posted this video of the large numbers of volunteers arriving at Istanbul airport overnight:

Soylu has also posted this startling video of what the earthquake has done to a road:

In Hatay, there is “huge anger” over the lack of emergency response personnel, Ragıp Soylu, the Turkey bureau chief for Middle East Eye, reports:

There is already huge anger towards the government for the absence of emergency response teams in Hatay.

The city’s airport is damaged, some roads leading to city have collapsed. Disaster management agency’s building also collapsed after the quake.

— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) February 7, 2023

Mexico is sending rescue dogs with search and rescue teams to help in the aftermath of an earthquakes.

Mexican rescue dogs are pictured before boarding an air force plane with search and rescue teams to help in the aftermath of an earthquake in Turkey, at the Santa Lucia Military airbase, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico 6 2023.
Mexican rescue dogs are pictured before boarding an air force plane with search and rescue teams to help in the aftermath of an earthquake in Turkey, at the Santa Lucia Military airbase, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico 6 2023. Photograph: Mexico Presidency/Reuters

Here are some more videos from overnight of people waiting near their loved ones and calling for help from rescue workers, via Bermet Talant, a journalist and former Guardian Australia contributor:

In this video from Kahramanmaraş, a woman is begging for help saying her son is under the rubble. An elderly man says they can see the trapped but can’t get them out, adds that there’s no AFAD on the site. https://t.co/hm6CBL72Hg

— Bermet Talant (@bermet_talant) February 7, 2023

In this video, also from Kahramanmaraş, you can hear a woman’s voice coming from under the rubble. Two men repeat the address of the residential building, saying ‘These people are fighting against time. They will die. Urgently send a rescue team.” https://t.co/395fLijvd1

— Bermet Talant (@bermet_talant) February 7, 2023

Charlotte Graham-McLay

New Zealand’s government will provide NZ$1.5m (US$950,000) to the relief efforts in Turkey and Syria, foreign minister Nanaia Mahuta said.

The contribution via the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will include $1m for Turkey and $500,000 for Syria, and will be used for “essential relief items” such as food, tents, blankets, and medical support, Mahuta said in a statement.

She added: “Officials will continue to monitor the humanitarian needs and assess options for further support.”

5.6 magnitude earthquake hits central Turkey

Another earthquake has hit central Turkey, Reuters reports, citing the Euro-Mediterranean Seismic Centre, which says that the quake measured 5.6.

A series of aftershocks are expected to follow the first earthquake.

According to the earthquake magnitude scale used by Michigan Technological University, 5.6 is likely to cause “slight damage to buildings and other structures”.

We’ll have more on this shortly.

A view of a collapsed building in Kahramanmaras.
A view of a collapsed building in Kahramanmaras. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The population of the ten provinces in southern Turkey affected by the earthquakes are home to 13.5 million people.

So far, according to the Anadolu agency, more than 5,600 buildings have collapsed.

It is just after 6am in Turkey, and we’re seeing stories of people rescued after a very long day and night, which means they survived not only the rubble’s collapse but the cold.
There are many, many more who have not yet been found, with the WHO predicting the death toll could reach 20,000 in the coming days.

For now, here are videos of a three-year-old toddler and a woman who were freed from collapsed buildings by rescuers:

Survivors are being evacuated by military plane to areas where hospitals have greater capacity. In this video from the Anadolu agency, a military plane carrying injured survivors arrives in Istanbul:

My colleagues Ben Doherty and Mostafa Rachwani have this report on the earthquake survivors joining the search for the missing:

“There is a family I know under the rubble,” Omer El Cuneyd said, standing amid the chaos of the shattered city of Sanliurfa.

“Until 11am or noon, my friend was still answering the phone. But she no longer answers. She is down there. I think her battery ran out,” he said, hoping against hope, for a miracle.

On the road, a stream of cars crawled north out of the city, taking traumatised residents away from the scene of Turkey’s most powerful earthquake in decades.

Nearby, a distraught family walked in the freezing rain, their belongings piled into a pram, look for a shelter to spend the night in.

Sanliurfa, an historic, once-bustling city in southeastern Turkey, was devastated by the series of massive earthquakes that struck southern Turkey early on Monday morning, claiming more than 4,300 lives across the mostly Kurdish regions of the country and in neighbouring Syria.

Summary

My name is Helen Sullivan and I’ll be bringing you the latest from the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. You can get in touch with me directly on Twitter here if you see news you think we may have missed.

The death toll from the two quakes has risen to more than 4,300 according to government figures. At least 2,921 have been confirmed dead in Turkey, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said, and 1,444 in Syria, according to figures from the Damascus Government and rescue workers. Thousands more are injured, and the death toll is expected to rise.

In 1999, when a tremor of similar magnitude hit the heavily populated eastern Marmara Sea region near Istanbul, it killed more than 17,000. The WHO warned that the toll from Monday’s earthquakes could pass 20,000.

Here is what we know so far:

  • The first quake struck as people slept, and measured magnitude 7.8, one of the most powerful quakes in the region in at least a century. It was felt as far away as Cyprus and Cairo. The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said preliminary data showed the second large quake measured 7.7 magnitude, and was 67km (42 miles) north-east of Kahramanmaraş, Turkey, at a depth of 2km.

  • In 1999, when a tremor of similar magnitude hit the heavily populated eastern Marmara Sea region near Istanbul, it killed more than 17,000.

  • The death toll could rise to over 20,000, the World Health Organization’s senior emergency officer for Europe, Catherine Smallwood, said. “There’s continued potential of further collapses to happen so we do often see in the order of eight fold increases on the initial numbers,” she told AFP, speaking when the estimated toll stood at 2,600. “We always see the same thing with earthquakes, unfortunately, which is that the initial reports of the numbers of people who have died or who have been injured will increase quite significantly in the week that follows,” Smallwood added.

  • US President Joe Biden spoke with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to offer condolences and reaffirm Washington’s readiness to assist in rescue efforts, the White House said. Biden “noted that US teams are deploying quickly to support Turkish search and rescue efforts and coordinate other assistance that may be required by people affected by the earthquakes, including health services or basic relief items,” the White House said in a statement.

  • Syria’s envoy to the UN said Monday that aid sent after the earthquake will reach all its population, even though Damascus does not control all of its territory. Asked if aid donated to Syria – some areas are held by rebels – would reach all of the population, Syria’s UN envoy Bassam Sabbagh said it would. “We assure the UN that we are ready to help and to coordinate to provide assistance to all Syrians in all territory of Syria,” Sabbagh said after meeting with UN secretary general António Guterres to convey a Syrian government request for aid. “We are ready to help also those who wanted to provide the help in all Syria,” he stressed.

  • More than 10 search and rescue teams from the European Union have been mobilised to help with the recovery, a spokesperson for the European Commission said. The US, UK, Canada, Israel, Russia and China are among other nations to have offered assistance and calls have emerged for the international community to relax some of the political restrictions on aid entering north-west Syria, the country’s last rebel-held enclave and one of the areas worst hit by the earthquake.

  • Prisoners mutinied in a northwestern Syria prison Monday after the earthquake, with at least 20 escaping the jail holding mostly Islamic State group members, a source at the facility told AFP.

  • There have been more than a 100 smaller aftershocks registered by seismologists.

  • Turkey’s armed forces have set up an air corridor to enable search and rescue teams to reach the zone affected.

  • Turkey’s Akkuyu nuclear power plant, which is under construction, was not damaged by the earthquake, an official from the Russian company building the plant said.

  • The Swedish presidency of the European Union has activated the integrated political crisis response (IPCR) to coordinate EU support measures in response to the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, the EU Council said in a statement. The IPCR arrangements strengthen the EU’s ability to take rapid decisions when facing major cross-sectoral crises requiring a response at the EU level.

  • The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has called for increased funding for humanitarian aid in Syria, saying that many people in the north-west of the country have already been displaced up to 20 times, and that medical care in the region was “strained beyond capacity, even before this tragedy”.

  • The partial destruction of a Roman-era castle in the Turkish city of Gaziantep has led to fears that two earthquakes that struck on Monday may have damaged other priceless monuments in Turkey and Syria, areas rich in cultural heritage.

An injured man is being pulled out of the wreckage of a collapsed building about 26 hours later, as search and rescue operations continue.
An injured man is being pulled out of the wreckage of a collapsed building about 26 hours later, as search and rescue operations continue. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images




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