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Earthquake death toll passes 7000 as race to find survivors stretches into night

Emergency team members search for people in a destroyed building in Adana, Turkey on Tuesday evening.
Emergency team members search for people in a destroyed building in Adana, Turkey on Tuesday evening. Copyright Francisco Seco/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved
Copyright Francisco Seco/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved
By Euronews with AP, AFP, Reuters
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Search teams and aid have been poured into Turkey and Syria as rescuers work in freezing temperatures - sometimes using their bare hands - to dig through the remains of buildings flattened by Monday's powerful earthquake.

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Search teams and aid poured into Turkey and Syria on Tuesday as rescuers working in freezing temperatures and sometimes using their bare hands dug through the remains of buildings flattened by a powerful earthquake. The death toll soared above 7,200 and was still expected to rise.

But with the damage spread over a wide area, the massive relief operation often struggled to reach devastated towns, and voices that had been crying out from the rubble fell silent.

“We could hear their voices, they were calling for help," Ali Silo said. His two relatives could not be saved in the Turkish town of Nurdagi.

In the end, it was left to Silo, a Syrian who arrived a decade ago, and other residents to recover the bodies and those of two other victims.

Monday's magnitude 7.8 quake and a cascade of strong aftershocks cut a swath of destruction that stretched hundreds of kilometres across southeastern Turkey and neighboring Syria. The shaking toppled thousands of buildings and heaped more misery on a region wracked by Syria’s 12-year civil war and refugee crisis. 

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