The prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif, expressed his grief over the news of the major earthquake that struck Turkiye’s southeast territory on Monday.
PM said in a Tweet:
“Deeply saddened by the news of a massive earthquake that struck southeastern region of Türkiye.”
“I send my profound condolences and most sincere sympathies to my brother President Erdogan and brotherly people of Turkiye on the loss of precious lives and damage to infrastructure”
7.8-Magnitude Quake Collapses Buildings In Central Turkey
A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake slammed southern Turkey on Monday, levelling structures in various places and causing damage in neighbouring Syria, according to the US Geological Survey.
The earthquake struck at 4:17 a.m. local time (0117 GMT) at a depth of around 17.9 kilometres, according to the US agency.
A 6.7-magnitude aftershock occurred 15 minutes Later.
The initial earthquake magnitude was reported to be 7.4 by Turkey’s AFAD emergency service centre.
Earthquake in Turkey, Syria claims over 50-100 lives: Death toll continues to rise
In the early hours of Monday, a massive 7.8-magnitude quake hit Turkey and Syria. Hundreds of structures collapsed, killing over a hundred people.
Even the death toll seemed to be increasing.
Furthermore, tremors were detected from the island of Cyprus.
The death toll in Turkey was first recorded at 53.
But it threatened to rise significantly higher. Because it happened while most people were still sleeping at home.
According to official media accounts, at least 42 people died in government-controlled areas of northern Syria.
On television, frightened Turks could be seen watching rescuers dig through the ruins of destroyed homes while standing in the snow.