8 February 2023
Search and rescue teams worked through the night into Wednesday, pulling more bodies from the rubble of thousands of buildings downed in Turkey and Syria by a catastrophic earthquake. The death toll from the earthquake in southern Turkey and northern Syria climbed past 9,400, making it the deadliest seismic event in more than a decade.
The toll is likely to climb further as freezing weather and multiple aftershocks are hampering the rescue efforts, despite international assistance. Search teams from more than two dozen countries joined more than 24,000 Turkish emergency personnel. More than 8,000 people have been pulled from the debris in Turkey, and some 380,000 have taken refuge in government shelters or hotels.
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