site.btaPazarcik: More Destuction and People Sleeping Outside in the Freezing Temperatures
The town of Pazarcik is among the few in the southern Turkish province of Kahramanmaras, where an official count of the casualties and injured people after the February 6 earthquakes is not yet published. The situation in the town, where one of the quakes was epicentred, is dramatic.
Many buildings in the town of 28,000 people were completely demolished by the quakes. Those still standing are seriously damaged.
Many people spent their second post-quake night in tent camps or in the open air, wrapped only in blankets, in the freezing temperatures.
It was minus 8 C outside.
According to the latest data from the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the death toll from the earthquakes in Turkiye alone now stands at 12,391 and the injured are 62,914. 530 died in Kahramanmaras Province and 2,900 were injured.
Rescue teams continue to search for survivors under the rubble, but hopes are dwindling with time.
A three-month state of emergency has been declared in Kahramanmaras and nine other districts that were hit hardest by the earthquakes.