LATTAKIA, Syria — According to the latest data from Turkey and Syria, over 50,000 people lost their lives in the 6 February earthquake that devastated the region.
The initial earthquake had a magnitude of 7.7 in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria, followed by a second earthquake of magnitude 7.6 soon after. Since then, the region has experienced over 9,000 aftershocks, according to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).
Governor of Lattakia Amer Hilal announced that the death toll from the 6 February earthquake has risen to 805, with 1,000 people injured and still receiving treatment in hospitals. Approximately 100 buildings collapsed, he said.
Hilal also announced the formation of an engineering inspection committee comprising members from the Engineers Syndicate, the General Company for Engineering Studies, and the Directorate of Technical Services and Administrative Units. The committee is tasked with assessing the damage to buildings caused by the earthquake.
The committee has already inspected around 23,000 buildings and found that approximately 900 of them have been completely destroyed, while 3000 others require repair.