Lhe rescue efforts in southern Turkey and northern Syria have continued for the second consecutive night and early morning, but with many difficulties due to low temperatures and damaged roads.
The number of fatalities recovered under the rubble continues to rise
International aid is intensifying, but access for the machinery needed to lift the concrete slabs is proving difficult as roads are blocked by rubble and vehicles.
Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has declared a state of emergency for three months in ten affected provinces, which is supposed to make it easier to manage the emergency response: “I would like to remind the general public that no one should use the roads leading to and within the earthquake zone unless required, and no phone calls should be made except for urgent needs.”
Although aid is slowly coming to Turkey, the logistics and policy of aid to Syria is much worse, especially to vulnerable areas in the north-west.
Eleven years of civil war and international sanctions against the Assad regime have created more obstacles.
The Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, which is more used to searching bombed buildings, is widely dispersed.
The few excavators available to him go from one city to another to respond to the innumerable requests for help. Syrians say they feel abandoned.
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