Following a fatal earthquake that occurred Monday in the Turkish province of Gaziantep, 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi, at least 76 persons have been confirmed dead across seven provinces in Turkey, and 42 have also been reported dead in Syria.
The country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) was cited by Anadolu Agency in a tweet that read, “At least 76 people killed, 440 injured over seven provinces as 7.4 earthquake hits southern provinces of Turkiye.”
On Twitter, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that “search and rescue teams were immediately dispatched” to the earthquake-affected regions.
The earthquake was followed by numerous aftershocks.
Videos on social media from Turkey and Syria showed numerous collapsed buildings and panicked inhabitants huddling in the streets.
Videos of the devastation, including collapsed buildings and individuals trapped under the rubble, were posted on social media by users.
It is anticipated that there will be more casualties.