Death toll tops 36,000

Turkey-Syria earthquake

The earthquake killed more than 36,000 people and injured hundreds of thousands in Turkey and Syria.

Hundreds of thousands of people became homeless in this devastating incident.

Turkish authorities arrested several house builders responsible for the building collapses as public anger grows over the massive destruction, reports CNN.

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Turkey-Syria border in the early hours of last Monday (February 6).

Meanwhile, a woman was rescued after being stuck under the rubble for 175 hours.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the quakes “the disaster of the century.”

The White Helmets volunteer organization said rescue operations in rebel-held areas of northwest Syria ended. The long-running civil war complicated relief operations there.

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