Demolition teams have started clearing mounds of rubble from the devastating February 6 earthquakes in Türkiye, as the government and aid groups continue to shelter survivors still shaken from the tremors and several strong aftershocks.
The United Nations Development Programme says it plans to support Türkiye in the removal of rubble and the management of the debris “in an environmentally safe way.”
As of Thursday morning, the death toll from the disaster that hit Türkiye more than two weeks ago has reached 43,556, according to the recent information announced by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.
The quake also badly affected neighbouring Syria, leaving more than 5,800 dead. In total, the fatalities from both countries have surpassed 49,300.