Recep Tayyip Erdogan, president of Turkey, defended his nation’s response to two devastating earthquakes by claiming that it was impossible to foresee the magnitude of the catastrophe.
There are at least 15,000 confirmed fatalities in northern Syria and Turkey.
Critics said that the administration was unprepared and that the emergency services responded too slowly.
Although Mr. Erdogan acknowledged that the government had faced certain challenges, he said that things were now “under control”.
Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the head of Turkey’s largest opposition party, disagreed.
Erdogan is the only person who can be held accountable for this, he declared.
The president denied the charge and emphasized the need for unity in the wake of the catastrophe. He told reporters in Hatay, “In a period like this, I cannot stomach people waging hostile campaigns for political interest.
With many still buried under the rubble, thousands of survivors have been spending a third night in subfreezing temperatures.
According to a representative of the World Health Organization, frigid conditions could result in serious casualties among earthquake survivors.
Crowds cry “God is awesome” as a family is retrieved alive from the wreckage during the Syria earthquake.
According to That earthquake response event manager Robert Holden on Wednesday, “We’ve got a number of individuals who have survived now out in the open, in increasing and horrible conditions.”
“If we don’t proceed with the same pace and intensity as we are doing on the search and rescue, we are in genuine danger of seeing a secondary disaster that may harm more people than the initial crisis.”
Relief attempts in the neighbouring country of Syria have been made more difficult by years of conflict that have damaged the country’s infrastructure.
Since the earthquake, the Bab al-Hawa crossing between Turkey and Syria has been blocked due to the severely damaged roadways.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu acknowledged the country was working to open two more border gates to help bring aid into the country, despite a senior UN official saying the route may soon be available.
“There are certain challenges in getting supplies to Syria from Turkey and the international community. Two additional border gates are being opened in response to this “said he.
Following the tremors, people are fed at a shelter.
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Those staying at a shelter are fed.
Following a request for aid from the government, the EU has agreed it will send €3.5 million (£3.1 million) to Syria. However, it has insisted that the supplies reach both areas under government and rebel control.
One aide to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed sanctions were preventing Syria from getting the supplies it needed and that more than 1,500 people had perished in the region of Idlib alone.
Because of European and American sanctions, Bouthaina Shabban claimed that “we do not have enough bulldozers, cranes, or oil.”