SAD! Death Toll Tops 16,000 In Turkey-Syria Earthquake

According to authorities, at least 12,873 people have died in Turkey, while at least 3,162 have died in Syria.

Residents in southeast Turkey and northwest Syria are criticising what they describe ineffective search and rescue operations as survivor seeking hopes are rapidly dwindling.

While search efforts go on for a fourth day, rescue teams are still rescuing individuals alive from the rubble despite the bitter weather.

Hope turns to despair in Turkey, Syria 72 hours after earthquakes

While rescuers continue to work frantically to save survivors from the rubble of collapsed buildings, the chances of finding many more people alive are fading rapidly more than 72 hours after the devastating earthquakes.

Tensions running high as rescuers race against time

Al Jazeera’s correspondent Resul Serdar is in Kahramanmaras, one of the areas worst hit by the earthquakes, where he gave his latest update.

“Just an hour ago, two bodies have been pulled out from the rubble,” he said standing in front of a collapsed building.

“The rescue team have held blankets to cover those bodies so that the families do not see those disturbing images,” Serdar said.

“People are quite sad here. The tensions are high. The emotions are high. In the past 24 hours, no one has come out of this rubble alive,” he added

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