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8 February 2023, 12:29

Earthquake in Turkey affected more than 13 million people and became one of world’s largest disasters

The earthquake in Turkey was one of the world's largest disasters, affecting more than 13 million people. The death toll has exceeded 3,540 and continues to rise, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports the words of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Today, the 10 provinces affected by the earthquake are reported to have declared a state of emergency for 3 months. Some airports in Turkey serve only humanitarian flights and planes to help the victims.

Earlier, Bashinform News Agency reported nationwide mourning was declared in the country until February 12.

On the night of February 7, more than 100 Russian rescuers arrived in Turkey to help eliminate the consequences of the earthquake. An airmobile hospital has been deployed in the emergency zone. Russian rescuers brought with them equipment for search operations. The group also included cynologists.

The hotline has been opened in connection with the earthquake for Russian tourists in Turkey: +7 499 678-12-03 (for those who went on a package tour) and +7 495 695-45-45 (for those traveling on their own).

Translated by:Tatyana Aksyutina
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