Turkey-Syria Earthquakes: Death Toll Crosses 46,000

Death toll in quake hit Turkey and Syria soared to 46,000 with fear of further rise existing. 40,402 died in Turkey as more than 3 lakh residential establishments are said to have been savaged while neighborhing Syria reported more than 5,800 deaths- the figure remaining stagnant for several days.

On Saturday, an earthquake of magnitude 5.2 struck Central Turkey region on, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.The quake was at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), EMSC said

Three people, including a child, were rescued alive from the rubble of a building in the Antakya district in southern Turkey on Saturday, 296 hours after the recent earthquakes. The search and rescue teams announce to conclude the operations as slim chances of finding more survivors fades.

The body of Christian Atsu, a former Ghanaian international football player was found under the rubble of the building where he lived in southern Turkey on Saturday, his agent said. “We have reached his lifeless body. His belongings are still being removed. His phone was also found,” Murat Uzunmehmet told local media.

There were initial reports that Atsu had been rescued a day after the quake but these turned out to be false. The former English Premier League winger had been staying at Ronesans Residence, a block of high-rise luxury flats that towered over Antakya city in Hatay.

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