Death toll of Moroccans in Turkey rises | MoroccoLatestNews French

The death toll among the Moroccan community in Turkey, in the violent earthquake that struck the south of the country, now stands at nineteen, the Kingdom’s Embassy in Ankara said on Saturday.

Six new deaths have been recorded, adding to the thirteen announced earlier, said the diplomatic representation.

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale shook the district of Pazarcık in Kahramanmaraş, in the south of Turkey last Monday, causing enormous damage in the localities of “Gaziantep”, “Adana “, “Malatya”, “Diyarbakir”, “Sanliurfa” and “Osmaniye”, in addition to the epicentre.

A few hours after this first violent tremor, another earthquake struck north of the city of Gaziantep with almost the same intensity and near the epicenter of the first earthquake, which worsened the toll of the disaster.

The death toll so far stands at more than 40,000 dead and 108,000 injured.

Turkish authorities have declared official mourning for a period of seven days and a state of emergency in the affected areas for three months.

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