Thinly-stretched rescue teams worked through the night into Wednesday (8/2/2023) pulling more bodies from the rubble of thousands of buildings downed in Turkey and Syria by a catastrophic earthquake.
More than two days after Monday's pre-dawn earthquake, which hit a huge area frigid temperatures and ongoing aftershocks complicate rescue effort s. Search teams from more than two dozen countries joined more than 24,000 Turkish emergency personnel and aid pledges poured in.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, 13 million of the country's 85 million people were affected, and he declared a state of emergency in 10 provinces.
More than 8,000 people have been pulled from the debris in Turkey and some 380,000 have taken refuge in government shelters or hotels authorities said. The region sits on top of major fault lines and is frequently shaken by earthquakes.