Entire city blocks were turned into ruins and major cities in ruins, satellite images showed after a powerful earthquake that killed more than 15,000 people in Turkey and Syria this week. The southern city of Antakya and Kahramanmaras were among the hardest hit regions where several tall buildings collapsed.
The satellite images also revealed hundreds of emergency shelters set up in the open areas and stadiums to aid relief operations.
The first earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Monday near Gaziantep, a Turkish city of about two million people, followed by another quake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale and several aftershocks. The tremors were felt as far away as Greenland, according to the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.
The stretches between Kahramanmaras and Gaziantep witnessed the heaviest destruction with entire city blocks left in ruins. Turkey estimated the number of collapsed buildings at nearly 3,000 in seven provinces, including public hospitals. A historic mosque from the 13th century also partially collapsed.
The death toll stands at 15,383, including 12,391 in Turkey and 2,992 in war-ravaged Syria, and is expected to rise as rescue operations are still underway.
Up to 23 million people could be affected by earthquakes, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, adding that 77 national and 13 international emergency medical teams were deployed to the affected areas.
India has also sent tons of aid to Turkey and Syria.
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