Turkey, Syria earthquakes-Death toll has exceeded 21,000


ISLAMABAD, The combined death toll in Turkiye and Syria from Monday’s earthquakes has surpassed 21,000, and the disaster has left thousands of people homeless and in need of urgent shelter and aid, according to country’s officials.

At least 18,342 people have been killed in Turkey, according to the country’s officials — surpassing the toll from the devastating 1999 earthquake in that country.

At least 3,377 people are known to have died in Syria.

The World Bank has promised $1.78bn to Turkey in relief and recovery assistance.

UN chief Antonio Guterres is calling on the international community to provide more money for earthquake relief and has announced a donor conference for next week.

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