Turkey Syria earthquake UPDATES: Death toll rises above 9,500 as relief from India continues amid rescue ops

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Image Source : AP (File). Emergency crews search for people in the rubble of a destroyed building in Gaziantep.

Turkey Syria earthquake update: The death toll from the earthquake in Turkey and Syria has crossed 7,800. At least 42,259 people have been injured in Turkey and Syria after the deadly earthquake. Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said that at least 5,894 people have been killed and 34,810 others injured in Turkey after the earthquake that hit the country on Monday (6 February). At least 1,832 people have been killed and another 3,849 wounded in Syria, CNN reports. Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency General Director (AFAD) Orhan Tatar said that at least 5,775 buildings collapsed following Monday’s earthquake in Turkey, according to news reports. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Tuesday (7 February) that around 7,500 Turkish soldiers are working in the earthquake-hit area to assist in rescue operations. Hulusi Akar also said that an additional 1,500 personnel would join the team on Wednesday. Hulusi Akar said 75 military aircraft had been sent to the area, CNN reported. He said nine commando battalions have arrived in the area from the west and four commando battalions from Cyprus will also reach the area. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday declared a three-month state of emergency in 10 southern provinces that were hit by the massive earthquake, Anadolu Agency reported.

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