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6 Feb, 2023 06:46

Scores killed by devastating earthquake in Syria

The tremors were the strongest in nearly 30 years, the country’s seismology chief has said
Scores killed by devastating earthquake in Syria

The death toll from the earthquake in northwestern Syria has risen to 326 people, Deputy Health Minister Ahmad Dumeira told SANA news agency on Monday. He said that at least 1,042 people were injured, and the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Tartus were affected the most.

Dr. Raed Ahmed, the director general of the Syrian National Seismology Center, was quoted by SANA news agency as saying that the earthquake was the strongest since recording began in 1995.

Dumeira said all hospitals were mobilized to treat the victims, and additional ambulances and rescue teams were dispatched to areas hit by the disaster.

Across the border, Türkiye’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) reported that a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the southern part of the country at around 4:17am on Monday. The epicenter was recorded in the Pazarcik district of the Kahramanmaras Province. According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 912 people were killed and 5,385 injured.