Rescue effort In Turkey Earthquake Ends In All But Two Areas

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Turkey has ended rescue efforts in all but two provinces, almost two weeks after a massive earthquake killed tens of thousands of people, the country’s disaster agency said.

Searches will continue in Kahramanmaras and Hatay, the agency’s chief told reporters.

However, hopes of finding anyone else alive in the rubble are fading fast.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Turkey and announced $100m (£83m) in humanitarian aid.

The epicentre of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on 6 February was in Kahramanmaras. More than 44,000 people are confirmed to have lost their lives in south-eastern Turkey and northern Syria.

The death toll is expected to climb, with about 345,000 apartments in Turkey known to have been destroyed and many people still missing. Neither Turkey nor Syria have said how many people are still unaccounted for.

“In many of our provinces, search and rescue efforts have been completed,” the disaster agency’s chief, Yunus Sezer, told reporters in Ankara.

He said search and rescue efforts were continuing at around 40 buildings in the two provinces, but he expected this number to fall by Sunday evening.

The earthquake killed more than 40,000 people including Ghana’s professional footballer, Christian Atsu who was found dead under the rubble of his home almost two weeks after the tragic incident.

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