Turkey has passed the 20,000 death toll from Monday’s earthquake.
Surrounded by a cloud of bodyguards, politicians and journalists, the Turkish president, Recep Tayip Erdogan, continued this Friday touring the hardest hit areas. A way of responding to the avalanche of criticism for the slow response of the Government after the earthquake.
“Unfortunately, our work is being very difficult, since the devastating effect of the earthquake extends to 10 provinces and an area of 500 kilometers,” Erdogan declared.
The world has turned to help Turkey. Friends and enemies send humanitarian aid and rescue teams. Also Greece, which has undertaken the so-called “earthquake diplomacy”. Even Ukraine has sent rescue teams, while Russian bombs continue to fall on its territory.
Human rights organizations have criticized the three-month state of emergency declared by President Erdogan in the provinces affected by the earthquakes on February 6, since in their opinion it can be used against civil society, for which they have called for its lifting. .
Nearly 3,400 dead in Syria
In Syria, the death toll is already at least 3,384. Of those, 2,037 were registered in opposition areas in the northwest of the country, according to the White Helmets rescue group.
The leader of the White Helmets, Raed Saleh, has denounced that they have not yet received any help from the United Nations for the search efforts, pointing out that “the UN bureaucracy has participated in the killing of the Syrian people.”