Death toll from Turkey-Syria earthquakes surpasses 16,000


Rescue personnel conduct search operations in Adiyaman, Turkey, on Thursday. (Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

By Isil Sariyuce, Feb. 9: The death toll from the devastating earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria on Monday is now at least 16,035, according to authorities.

In Syria, the total number of fatalities is at least 3,162, including 1,900 in rebel-held areas in the northwest, according to the "White Helmets" civil defence group. According to Syrian state media, some 1,262 deaths have been recorded in government-controlled parts of the country. 

Turkey's toll has risen to at least 12,873, Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) said on Thursday. 

Aid agencies have warned the toll is likely to rise significantly higher, especially in Syria, as search and rescue teams sift through the rubble of thousands of collapsed buildings amid freezing weather conditions, faced with the risk of aftershocks.

According to officials, tens of thousands of people have been reported injured across the region.

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