LONDON (AA) – World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria a “grade three emergency” — with a “critical 48 hour window” to save people who are trapped.
WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge said that they are channeling all resources to these two countries, saying the “key issue now is search and rescue.”
“Each disaster is different. And of course, the work going on to get people is extremely important,” WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris also told Sky News.
She added that the scale of the losses from both countries will not be known for “quite some time.”
At least 7,108 people were killed and 40,910 others injured after two strong earthquakes on Monday jolted southern Türkiye, the country’s disaster agency said on Wednesday.