Severe weather hampers earthquake rescuers in Turkey and Syria

Bad weather is hampering rescue efforts after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake and its powerful aftershocks struck southern Turkey and northwest Syria, killing nearly 1,800 people and injuring many more. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at 4:17am (01:17 GMT) on Monday at a depth of about 17.9km (11 miles), leading to the collapse and destruction of buildings across the region. It was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon. At least 1,014 deaths were reported in Turkey, while at least 783 people have died in Syria so far. In addition to the devastation from the earthquake, Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay said authorities were also struggling with “extremely severe weather conditions”. “We are trying to reach the region as quickly as possible,” Oktay told the media. Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu joins us live from Istanbul for the latest updates. Subscribe to our channel: Follow us on Twitter Find us on Facebook Check our website: Check out our Instagram page: #Turkiye #Turkey #TurkeyEarthquake #TurkiyeEarthquake #Syria #SyriaEarthquake #EastMediterranean #EastMediterraneanEarthquake #Earthquake #USGS #PrayForTurkey #PrayForSyria #Kahramanmaras
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