Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a speech in the province of Malatya, said that the death toll from the earthquakes that occurred on February 6 had risen to 19,388 people, 77,711 were injured, reports TRT Haber. Mr. Erdogan said that more than 141,000 people are involved in the aftermath. The total number of victims of the earthquake, counting 3317 dead in Syria, exceeded 22 thousand people.
On the night of February 6, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria. On the afternoon of February 6, another earthquake of magnitude 7.7 struck central Turkey. Rescuers from 11 countries, including 100 employees of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, are participating in the elimination of the consequences of earthquakes. Earlier today, on February 10, Russian rescuers found the bodies of a Russian-Turkish family with two children, two and four and a half years old, under the rubble in Turkish Hatay.
For more information about the impact of the earthquake on the domestic political situation in Turkey, see the publication “Kommersant” “Earthquake rocked the opposition.”