17 Feb 2023

Turkey-Syria quake: fading hopes and shoddy buildings

Last week, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey and northern Syria. It was followed by a 6.7 magnitude aftershock and a 7.5 magnitude quake hit later after 1pm.

Three devastating earthquakes in nine hours.

The WHO has called this the “worst natural disaster” in 100 years in its European region, and the death toll has now surpassed 40,000.

There are countless tales of remarkable survival, but many, many more of terrible loss, families torn apart or gone entirely.

In today’s Fourcast, we speak to our two reporters on the scene, Emily Wither, and chief correspondent Alex Thomson, as they detail what they have seen, the stories they have told, and how on earth Turkey and war-torn Syria recover.

Sources: AP

Producer: Freya Pickford


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