/ 10 February 2023

An Aussie among latest earthquake deaths

Image source: AAP
Image source: AAP

Sydney man Can Pahali is the first Australian confirmed dead after Monday’s earthquakes, with fatalities now exceeding 19,700 across Turkey and Syria. That number is rising as hopes for finding survivors are fading as the critical 72-hour window that disaster experts consider crucial to saving lives has passed. Public anger over the Turkish Government’s response is growing, but President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says they’re going as fast as possible. The World Health Organization says freezing conditions and a lack of food and water pose a “real danger” of a “secondary disaster” which could harm “more people than the initial disaster”. In Syria, the United Nations has finally been able to get across the border to start helping the millions of victims there – it’s the first international aid to arrive.

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