Erdoğan says death toll exceeds 8,000 in his visit to earthquake epicenter

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkiye

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# 08 February 2023 14:58 (UTC +04:00)

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in Kahramanmaraş after a series of high-magnitude earthquakes shook 10 provinces, leading to thousands of deaths as well as damage to houses and infrastructure, APA reports.

Speaking to reporters, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan updated the latest death toll to 8,574. He said another 49,133 people were injured and a total of 6,444 buildings were collapsed in the earthquake.

Erdoğan is visiting the epicenter of the 7.7 magnitude earthquake, Kahramanmaraş, and will then continue to Hatay province.

The 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes, centered in the Kahramanmaras province, struck 10 provinces and affected more than 13 million people.

Türkiye is observing a seven-day national mourning after the devastating quakes.