ISLAMABAD: The death toll from the Turkiye-Syria earthquakes has climbed above 16,000 as rescuers race to save survivors trapped under debris in freezing weather.
Turkiye’s Disaster Management Authority (AFAD) said 12,391 people had died in the country from Monday’s quakes, while 2,992 people have died in Syria, bringing the confirmed total to 15,383.
The Syrian Civil Defence group continued search operations through the night in rebel-held parts of Syria as the rescue effort neared the 72-hour mark that disaster experts consider the most likely period to save lives.
“We are racing against time. Every minute counts,” tweeted the opposition group, who are also known as the White Helmets.
The group said hundreds of people remain trapped in the rubble in the town of Jandires in the province of Aleppo.