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48,000 people killed in Turkey earthquake, says President Erdogan

The number of people killed by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey’s southeast reached 48,000, with over 115,000 people injured, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

“The death toll has reached 48,000, and the number of injured has exceeded 115,000,” Mr Erdogan said in a televised address to the nation from the Samandag district of Hatay province.

On February 6, two earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 hit the southeastern regions of Turkey with an interval of nine hours.

Thousands of underground shocks that followed were felt in 11 Turkish provinces and the neighbouring countries, of which Syria was the most affected.


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