ADANA, Turkiye (AP) — The death toll from a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and multiple aftershocks rose to more than 5,000 as more bodies were pulled from the rubble of collapsed buildings.
Turkiye’s Vice President Fuat Oktay said Tuesday the total number of deaths in Turkiye had risen to 3,419.
That brought the number of people killed to 5,021, with another 1,602 people confirmed dead on the Syrian side of the border.
The earthquake struck early Monday morning, bringing down thousands of buildings.
Rescuers were racing frantically to find more survivors but their efforts were being impeded by temperatures below freezing and some 200 aftershocks, which made the search through unstable structures perilous.