A good three weeks after the devastating earthquake in the Turkish-Syrian border region, the countries are still in a state of emergency. The death toll has risen to over 50,000. This is according to an updated census by the AFP news agency on Tuesday, based on official figures from the Turkish and Syrian authorities and information from rebel-held areas of Syria. According to the current status, 44,374 people died in Turkey and 5,951 in Syria as a result of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on February 6.
According to an insider, people are said to have died of cholera in north-west Syria. There are two dead in the area controlled by the opposition, an employee of the rescue services working there told the Reuters news agency on Tuesday.
The earthquake in early February destroyed structures in the healthcare system and in water supply and disposal. Therefore, a further increase in cholera cases is feared, which can be traced back to severe diarrhea and vomiting as a result of contaminated drinking water and poor hygiene.