Turkey-Syria earthquake updates: Death toll goes past 33,000

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The death toll from the earthquakes in Turkey and northwestern Syria has exceeded 33,000 as rescue efforts continue.

The number of deaths in Turkey has risen to 29,605 on Sunday, while more than 4,500 people have died in Syria.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca says a baby was rescued from the debris in Hatay province 150 hours after the quakes hit the region.

The United Nations says up to 5.3 million people in Syria may be homeless after the earthquakes, while nearly 900,000 people are in urgent need of hot food in Turkey and Syria.
The Syrian government has approved the delivery of humanitarian aid to earthquake-hit areas outside its control, according to state media.

Turkey says it is working to open two new routes into rebel-held parts of Syria.

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