BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL , Managing Editor
MDNN INTERNATIONAL – The death toll in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastation in Turkey and Syria now reached 5000, a report reaching MDNN News Bureau said.
But the rescue efforts continue as many are still trapped under the rubble and rescuers are overwhelmed with the magnitude of people pleading for help since Tuesday.
This magnitude 7.8 quake was the deadliest since the country suffered the same fate back in 1999. This time, the jolts left thousands dead and trapped under the rubble.
The quake toppled hundreds of tall buildings, apartments and a lot of people died and injured and became homeless, reports said.
While people scampered to safer grounds, the temperature was also close to freezing as the rain came down and toppled electricity posts, trees and small building structures.
According to newswire reports, the strong quake affected at least 13.5 million people, spanning approximately 450 kms from Adana.
In Turkey, the death toll climbed to 3,419 according to the reports made by Vice President Fuat Oktay.
In Syria, authorities reported deaths in Hama, some 100 km from the epicenter of the deadliest earthquake to hit the country.