On the tenth day after the earthquake disaster, bodies are still being recovered from the rubble. The Turkish disaster service Afad announced on Thursday morning that 36,187 people had been killed in connection with the earthquake, according to the state news agency Anadolu.
So far there have been more than 3,800 aftershocks, the government wrote on Wednesday evening. More than 100,000 people were injured, and around 13,200 are still being treated in hospitals.
The Turkish government has also increased the number of provinces affected by the earthquake disaster from ten to eleven, according to spokesman for the AKP party Ömer Celik. On the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the eastern Turkish province of Elazig is now officially a disaster area. It was initially not clear whether the state of emergency would also be imposed for this province.
Almost ten days after the severe earthquake, a boy was rescued from the rubble, according to the fire department. The 13-year-old Mustafa was freed after 228 hours in the city of Antakya, the Istanbul emergency services said on Wednesday evening. Video shows firefighters and miners trying to approach the youth, who is then carried out of the rubble on a stretcher. The information could not be independently verified.