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Nine survivors pulled from Turkey’s rubble as earthquake death toll passes 40,000

More than a week after a sizable earthquake hit Turkey, nine survivors were pulled from the rubble on Tuesday as assistance efforts moved to assisting those who were now enduring extreme cold without adequate shelter or food.

Over 41,000 people have died as a result of the catastrophe, which has destroyed cities in both Turkey and the neighboring Syrian Arab Republic and left many surviving homeless in bitterly cold winter weather.

Despite admitting there were issues with the initial response to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred early on February 6, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan claims things are now under control.

In a televised speech in Ankara, Erdogan declared, “We are confronting one of the worst natural disasters not only in our nation but in the history of humanity.

Two brothers, aged 17 and 21, were pulled from an apartment building in the Kahramanmaras province on Tuesday. Another pair of Syrians, a man and a young woman wearing a leopard-print headscarf, were pulled from the rubble in Antakya after spending more than 200 hours there. One rescuer speculated that there might be more survivors yet to be discovered.

However, according to U.N. officials, the rescue phase is coming to an end and attention is now being paid to shelter, food, and education.

“A lot of people are hurting. We requested a tent, assistance, or something similar, but as of right now, we haven’t received anything “said Hassan Saimoua, a refugee who is currently living with his family at a playground in the city of Gaziantep in southeast Turkey.

Saimoua and other Syrians who had sought sanctuary in Gaziantep from their home country’s turmoil but were left homeless by the earthquake erected temporary tents in the playground using plastic sheets, blankets, and cardboard.

The World Health Organization’s head for Europe, Hans Henri P. Kluge, stated that the demands are enormous and growing by the hour. In both countries, there are almost 26 million people in need of humanitarian aid.

Additionally, there are growing worries about new health problems related to cold weather, sanitation and hygiene, and the spread of infectious diseases, with vulnerable populations being particularly at risk.

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