Turkey-Syria earthquake: Death toll reaches 8,700; search for trapped survivors on
Turkey earthquake: The death toll in the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday has soared to at least 8,000.
As per the statement by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, at least 8,000 people were killed and over 34,000 injured.
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Vice President also revealed that the number of fatalities in northwest Syria rose to 1,220 and injured to 2,600.
Keeping in view the devastating situation of Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a state of emergency for three months in 10 southern provinces.
Addressing the State Information Coordination Center in the capital Ankara, Erdogan said, "Based on the authority given to us by Article 119 of the Constitution, we decided to declare a state of emergency."
"We will quickly complete the presidential and parliamentary processes about the state of emergency decision, which will cover 10 provinces where earthquakes have occurred and will last for three months," he added.
Notably, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Pazarcik district of Kahramanmaras province on Monday.
Later, a 7.6 magnitude quake centred in Kahramanmaras's Elbistan district rocked the region, affecting several other provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, and Gaziantep, as per the Anadolu Agency report.
The third earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hit Goksun, Turkey on Monday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake was also felt in several countries, including Syria and Lebanon.
Meanwhile, India is extending its support to Turkey through the ongoing crisis after the earthquake.
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Several other countries have come forward to aid and assist Turkey after a massive earthquake shattered lives in the country.