Thursday, October 27, 2011

Update: Earthquake in Turkey, Death Toll Reaches 523, 1,650 Injured

The Turkish prime minister's center for crisis and emergency management reported early today (October 27) that thus far the death toll from the earthquake that hit eastern Turkey four days has now reached 523. Also, 1,650 people have been injured and 185 survivors have been were rescued from the rubble.

COMMENT: although rain and snow is beginning to complicate the progress of first responders, disaster assistance is beginning to arrive from numerous countries. To date, a staggering 2,200 buildings have collapsed.

As of October 24, 2011, Turkey has reportedly declined disaster assistance from Armenia and Israel, two nations with which Ankara has strained relationships. The Government of Turkey has also rejected most offers of help, including from the US, Britain and Germany. According to Reuters, Turkey has only accepted aid from Iran, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria.

Generally speaking, travel to most destinations in Turkey remain unchanged, although it is strongly suggested that all but essential travel be deferred to the provinces of Hakkari, Sirnak, Siirt and Tunceli. For up-to-date travel alerts, visitors should contact the websites of their foreign affairs agencies.

The following link issued by the US Department of State should be helpful:
http://turkey.usembassy.gov/wm_102411.
Additionally, please see:
http://earthquake-report.com
http://www.turkishnationalpolice.gov.tr/contact.

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