Over 1,200 lives lost in Turkey, Syria earthquake

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Over 1,200 lives have so far been confirmed lost in the overnight 7.8-magnitude quake in Turkey and Syria.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey’s president said that 912 people had been killed in Turkey, with 5,383 wounded. He said authorities were unable to predict how high the toll might rise as search and rescue operations continued, Reuters report. He said 45 countries had so far offered assistance.

Syria’s state news agency reported more than 320 dead in the country, with over 1,000 wounded. The White Helmets rescue service has also reported that 147 people had died and more than 340 were injured in Syria in areas where it operates, which are unlikely to have been included in the official state figures.

Hundreds are still believed to be trapped under rubble. The epicentre of the quake was near the city of Gaziantep in Turkey, and it was felt as far away as Cyprus.

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