Turkey earthquake: 3200 buildings collapsed, death toll crosses 2000

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Devastating photographs show the aftermath from a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit southeast Turkey and northern Syria on Monday as the death toll continues to rise.

At least 1,900 people have died as a result of the earthquake, which has also generated dozens of powerful aftershocks, officials in Turkey and Syria have reported.

“Because the debris removal efforts are continuing in many buildings in the earthquake zone, we do not know how high the number of dead and injured will rise,” Erdogan said.

Around 2,470 people were rescued from some 3,000 buildings that collapsed in the earthquake, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised address.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said members of the alliance were mobilizing support to help Turkey deal with the aftermath of Monday’s devastating earthquake. Erdogan said offers for help had been received from some 45 countries in the aftermath. (Agencies)

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