The earthquakes in southeastern Turkey and Syria.
The death toll could rise to up to 20,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned, as the scale of damage to life and property soared in the earthquakes in southeastern Turkey and Syria. Rescue operations are hampered by the cold and heavy snow, and roads and critical infrastructure have been destroyed, putting the evacuees at increased risk.
The earthquake was a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, officially classified as a major scale (7.0 to 7.9), and occurred along a fault line extending about 100 km, causing severe damage to buildings located near the fault. Meanwhile, UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) estimated that the earthquake killed thousands of children in Turkey and Syria.
Above all, it seems that the damage was greater because the earthquake struck without warning at 4:00 am when everyone was asleep. My heart aches every time I hear such catastrophic news. We mourn with a heart that shares in the pain. I hope that one day soon everyone will be stabilized, everyone will help together, all pain will be healed, and we will be able to rise again.
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