As 26 million people have been affected by the deadly earthquakes that hit Türkiye and Syria, the World Health Organization appeals for $42.8 million to cope with the health needs of survivors.

Rescuers in Türkiye pulled more survivors from under the rubble nearly a week after two massive earthquakes struck southeastern Türkiye and northern Syria.

The death toll in Türkiye and Syria has climbed to more than 33,000.

In Türkiye, the death toll has reached 29,605, while the number of deaths in Syria reached 3,574, according to the latest figures. 

The death toll in Syria’s northwestern rebel-held region has reached 2,166, according to the rescue worker group the White Helmets. Regime media has reported 1,408 fatalities in the areas controlled by the Assad regime.

Here is how you can help the earthquake victims.

Following are the latest updates:

0330 GMT - Türkiye’s national flag carrier resumes flights from quake-hit Hatay Airport

Türkiye's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines has resumed flights from Hatay Airport in the country’s earthquake-hit southern region.

"Our flights from Hatay Airport have resumed," Yahya Ustun, Turkish Airlines’ senior vice president for media relations, said on Twitter.

Flights made between February 13-19 will require advance reservation to facilitate the evacuation process, Ustun added.

Passengers without reservations will also be accepted in the case of vacant seats, he noted.

0201 GMT - North Macedonia declares day of national mourning over earthquakes in Türkiye, Syria

North Macedonia decided to declare a national day of mourning over last week’s devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria.

"We have declared tomorrow (Monday) a day of mourning in memory of those who lost their lives in the devastating earthquakes that hit the border region of Türkiye and Syria.

The thoughts and prayers of the citizens of North Macedonia are with the relatives and families of those who lost their lives,'' said Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski.

0124 GMT - Turkish international basketballers Sengun, Yurtseven to spearhead campaigns to help quake victims

Turkish international basketballer players Alperen Sengun of the Houston Rockets and Omer Yurtseven of the Miami Heat announced Sunday that they will lead separate campaigns to help victims of last week’s devastating earthquakes in Türkiye.

Both NBA players will auction their teammates' signed jerseys to raise funds for aiding the quake victims.

Yurtseven posted footage of himself on his official Instagram account conveying positive messages about the recovery following the disaster. 

0001 GMT – More people pulled from rubble in southern Türkiye

More people were pulled from the rubble of collapsed buildings late Sunday as rescue teams from around the world raced against time to save lives in the wake of last Monday's powerful earthquakes in southern Türkiye.

Seven-year-old Mustafa was rescued in Hatay province by teams from Konya province after being trapped under the rubble for 163 hours.

Nafize Yilmaz, 62, was pulled from the rubble in Nurdagi in Hatay, Türkiye’s southernmost province. She was also trapped for 163 hours.

Cengiz Polat, the 45-year-old father of Ozkan, Samet and Mustafa Polat, was pulled from the debris in Kahramanmaras province thanks to rescue teams’ efforts to save him after he was trapped for 162 hours. During the rescue efforts, Polat told the rescuers that he hit the stove next to him to make a sound.

A rescue team from the Golcuk Shipyard Command in northwestern Kocaeli province pulled 10-year-old Asima Baltaci alive from the rubble of a collapsed building in Adiyaman.

Asima was trapped for 158 hours. His first wish to have Jelibon fruit gummies touched the rescuers’ hearts.

2316 GMT - US urges Syria, all parties to allow earthquake aid to get to those in need

The US government called on Syria and all parties to immediately grant humanitarian access to all those in need across the country after Monday's earthquake and major aftershocks.

"All humanitarian assistance must be permitted to move through all border crossings, and distribution of aid must be permitted to all affected areas without delay," a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council said.

Washington called on Syrian President Bashar al Assad to grant immediate access to humanitarian assistance to all those in need, without exception, and urged him to follow through on a blanket authorization for humanitarian assistance deliveries.

2325 GMT - Qatari emir expresses solidarity with quake-hit Türkiye, Syria

Qatar’s emir expressed solidarity with Türkiye and Syria after deadly earthquakes jolted the countries last week. 

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who arrived in Türkiye on a working visit, shared a photo on Twitter.

"We met today with my brother President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, and during this visit, we learned about the latest repercussions of the devastating earthquake disaster that struck Türkiye and Syria, and we affirm our support and solidarity with the brothers, and to contribute to the efforts made to mitigate this disaster," he tweeted.

Al Thani also expressed his condolences to Erdogan for those who lost their lives in the earthquakes, stressing that Qatar will continue to offer all kinds of support to the brotherly people of Türkiye to overcome the crisis. 

2256 GMT - Dog helps lost aid team reach victims

A Turkish aid team managed to reach earthquake victims in southern Türkiye by following a dog when they got lost.

After setting out for a village in Goksun district of Kahramanmaras province, the team chose an alternate route as the road was closed due to snow and rocks. After a while, they lost their way and decided to follow a dog that approached them.

Thanks to the guidance of the dog, they found the village and delivered the aid. 

2102 GMT - UAE mobilises to help quake victims in Türkiye

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) are extending a helping hand to those affected by devastating earthquakes in Türkiye.

The United Arab Emirates sent 117 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Türkiye and Syria over the past day, according to state media, as two powerful earthquakes jolted the region on Monday. 

“Within the past 24 hours, the United Arab Emirates has sent 117 tonnes of relief supplies as part of Operation ‘Gallant Knight / 2’ for the victims of the earthquake that struck Türkiye and Syria,” state news agency WAM reported.

It said that the relief aid included 97 tonnes of foodstuff, 20 tonnes of medical supplies and 696 tents. 

2053 GMT - Lionel Messi urges help for Turkish quake victims, especially children

Lionel Messi gave three cheers to the help being given to earthquake victims in Türkiye.

The Argentine football star urged his Instagram followers to help UNICEF, which aims to help quake-affected children.

"These are very sad days for the thousands of children and their families who have been affected by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria," the 35-year-old wrote, "My heart goes out to them. 

2029 GMT - UK team continuing rescue efforts in quake-hit Türkiye

Like many countries, British search and rescue teams have also been racing to save lives in Türkiye after last Monday’s major quakes.

After Ankara declared a level 4 alert including an international call for help, countries across the globe such as the UK sent rescue teams to Türkiye to help quake victims.

A UK International Search and Rescue ( ISAR) team continues their rescue efforts in Hatay, Türkiye’s southernmost province and one of the worst hit by the quakes.

23-year-old mentally disabled Huseyin Seferoglu is rescued under rubble 155 hours after 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes in Hatay, Turkiye on February 12, 2023.
23-year-old mentally disabled Huseyin Seferoglu is rescued under rubble 155 hours after 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes in Hatay, Turkiye on February 12, 2023. (AA)

1912 GMT — EU leaders extend condolences over deadly earthquakes in Türkiye

European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have conveyed their condolences to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over this week's deadly earthquakes.

In a phone call with Erdogan, Michel and von der Leyen expressed sympathy for those who lost their lives in last Monday’s quak es, and wished recovery to the injured, Türkiye's Communications Directorate said in a statement on Sunday.

"I spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the phone to convey my deepest condolences to the people of Türkiye for the catastrophic loss of life and destruction caused by the devastating earthquake, and discuss additional support," von der Leyen said on Twitter.

Michel also expressed his condolences, thanking Türkiye for ensuring humanitarian access to Syria, parts of which were also hit hard by the quake. Currently the only route for aid access to Syria is via Türkiye, through the Cilvegozu border gate.

"In phone call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, I expressed my condolences, solidarity and support to the people of Türkiye. I reassured: Türkiye is not alone. EU and Member States will continue to mobilise support," he said on Twitter.

1824 GMT — UAE foreign minister visits Türkiye's earthquake zone

The United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid a visit to quake-hit areas in Türkiye's Kahramanmaras province, according to local media reports.

He is the third foreign minister to visit the region since last Monday’s quakes.

Pledging to provide necessary support and aid to Türkiye in the wake of the temblors, Al Nahyan also expressed his "sincere" condolences and sympathy to those affected by the earthquakes.

1638 GMT — Temblors in Türkiye among 'world's largest' continental quakes: seismologist

Earthquakes in Türkiye earlier this week rank among the world's largest continental quakes ever recorded, according to a Canadian seismologist.

Edwin Nissen, a professor of seismology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, said last Monday’s temblors in Türkiye are among the top five or 10 continental quakes ever recorded.

"What makes it so damaging is the combination of its magnitude and its location and a densely populated part of Türkiye and obviously bordering with a densely populated part of Syria," he explained.

Saying that actually the largest earthquakes normally occur in the oceans, Nissen underlined however that the quakes were less powerful than continental earthquakes.

1558 GMT —  Gazans donate blood for quake victims in Türkiye, Syria

Palestinians gave the gift of life in the Gaza in a special blood drive for earthquake victims in Türkiye and Syria.

“This campaign is a show of solidarity with the Turkish and Syrian peoples,” said Iyad al Masri, executive director of Al Amal Institute for Orphans, which organized the blood drive.

"What happens in Türkiye and Syria affects the entire Arab and Islamic nation,” he added.

Under the theme “One Body,” Al Masri said the one-day drive "sends a message of love and peace for all."

1356 GMT  — Death toll climbs to 29,605 in Türkiye

The death toll from this week's powerful earthquakes in southeastern Türkiye climbed to 29,605, says the country's disaster management agency AFAD.

1253 GMT — UAE sends 117 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Türkiye, Syria

"Within the past 24 hours, the United Arab Emirates has sent 117 tonnes of relief supplies as part of Operation 'Gallant Knight/2' for the victims of the earthquake that struck Türkiye and Syria," state news agency WAM reported.

It said that the relief aid included 97 tonnes of foodstuff, 20 tonnes of medical supplies and 696 tents.

1238 GMT — Teams save more quake survivors in miraculous rescues

Two sisters Rabia Kirmizi, 22, and Elif Kirmizi, 28, were rescued in the Adiyaman province after they were trapped under the concrete blocks for 152 hours.

Rescue teams also dug out Haci Ahmet, a seven-year-old boy, from the debris of an eight-story building in Adiyaman 152 hours after the earthquake hit.

In another rescue feeding hopes for more survivors, teams saved a mother and her son, Omer, after they were trapped in the debris for 150 hours.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca also said on Twitter that a baby was rescued from the debris in the Hatay province 150 hours after the quakes hit the region. He shared the footage of the rescue work, saying: “There is always hope.”

1227 GMT — Special Turkish cargo flight leaves Bangladesh with 'friendly gifts'

Sevki Mert Baris, Bangledesh Coordinator of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), said that as they started receiving donations on Friday morning, Bangladeshi people turned out in large numbers to provide assistance as friendly gifts.

“It was not possible to send those items by only regular flights, so Turkish Airlines arranged this big-size special cargo flight,” he added.

He said nearly 100 tonnes of necessary items, including 1,900 tents, will reach the earthquake-hit Turkish people soon.

1217 GMT — Canadians rush to help Türkiye amid major earthquakes

Canadians continue their relief efforts to help Türkiye following two major earthquakes that jolted southern Türkiye earlier this week.

Türkiye's Consul General in Toronto, Sinem Mingan, said that the support has long exceeded Turkish society and Canadians from all walks of life rush to Türkiye's centres with the aid they have gathered. "We live in tearful moments," she added.

"In addition to Muslim communities, we receive tremendous donations from our Canadian friends who have never set foot in Türkiye," she said. "When we thank them, they say 'this is our debt to Türkiye.' You can see this even at the smallest individual or family level."

11:57 GMT — Qatari emir arrives in Türkiye to meet President Erdogan

Following two strong earthquakes that jolted southern Türkiye earlier this week, the Qatari emir arrived in Türkiye on a working visit, the Qatari media reported.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani left Doha to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Qatar News Agency.

Erdogan welcomed Al Thani at Istanbul's Vahdettin Pavilion, according to presidential sources who shared a photo of the leaders on Twitter.

The Qatari amir, who is the first head of state to pay a visit to Türkiye after the deadly earthquakes, is accompanied by an official delegation.

1155 GMT — Türkiye: Ankara, Athens should not wait for another quake to mend fences

Addressing reporters with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias in the quake-hit Hatay province in southern Türkiye, Mevlut Cavusoglu hailed Greece’s support in the wake of devastating earthquakes earlier this week.

"The fact that Nikos Dendias is here with us today shows the solidarity of the Greek people with Türkiye and the Turkish nation," Cavusoglu said. "Good neighbourly relations are seen during such challenging times."

"Solidarity at difficult ties is important but we must not wait for another earthquake to develop relations," he added.

1100 GMT —  Massive quakes that hit Türkiye ‘extraordinary,’ need to be studied: experts

The twin earthquakes that struck southern Türkiye and have killed more than 24,600 people so far were “extraordinary,” according to experts, as they stressed the need for more study on recent data in wake of the strong tremors.

Tiziana Rossetto, a professor of earthquake engineering at University College London, said that it is known that the epicentre of the earthquake, Kahramanmaras, is very seismic.

“However, this was a very large event,” she said, adding that the first earthquake triggered the second earthquake on the East Anatolia fault.

Chinese rescuers attend search and rescue efforts after the 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes in Gaziantep, on February 12, 2023.
Chinese rescuers attend search and rescue efforts after the 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes in Gaziantep, on February 12, 2023. (AA)

1032 GMT — Japan to dispatch 2nd medical team to quake-hit Türkiye

Japan is sending another medical team to Türkiye to support the ongoing relief operation in areas hit by devastating earthquakes on February 6.

“With regard to the earthquake in the Republic of Türkiye, the government of Japan will dispatch a second Japanese Disaster Relief (JDR) medical team to that country today (Febraury 12),” said a statement from Japan's Foreign Ministry.

An advance team, the statement added, departed for Türkiye on Friday last and has already started coordination with the Turkish government officials regarding specific assistance.

1001 GMT At least 3,574 people killed in Syria

At least 3,574 people have been reported killed in Syria following a major earthquake that hit the country and neighbouring Türkiye.

In opposition-controlled areas, at least 2,166 people were confirmed dead, according to the White Helmets organisation.

Meanwhile, regime-media reported 1,408 fatalities in the areas controlled by the Assad regime.

0932 GMT Caucasus, Central Asian nations continue quake support

Countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus continue lending critical support to Türkiye’s ongoing earthquake relief efforts, sending hundreds of rescue and medical personnel, along with essential equipment and supplies.

Rescue teams from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia have aided in search efforts as well as in providing humanitarian supplies. 

0901 GMT Greek foreign minister visits Turkish province of Adana

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has arrived in Türkiye's southern Adana province on Sunday almost a week after powerful earthquakes struck the region.

A video posted by Anadolu news agency showed Dendias beeing welcomed by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Greece has earlier deployed a team of rescue workers to help find survivors from the disaster that killed over 28,000 people as of Sunday morning.

0848 GMT Qatari Emir to travel to Türkiye in wake of earthquake disaster

Qatari Emir Tamim Al Thani is travelling to Türkiye to express solidarity with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the wake of the massive earthquake disaster, according to Anadolu Agency.

Earlier, the Emir personally donated $13.7 million to the country's fundraising campaign for the relief of those affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria.

0828 GMT India sends more aid for quake victims in Türkiye, Syria

India has sent another plane carrying relief material and medical aid to earthquake-hit Syria and Türkiye, officials said. 

Indian Air Force on Sunday morning said that one C-17 aircraft got airborne last night for Syria and Türkiye, "bearing relief material and emergency equipment."

Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Arindam Bagchi said that the seventh “Operation Dost” flight has reached Syria "with over 23 tonnes of relief material, including gen-sets, solar lamps, emergency, and critical care medicines, and disaster relief consumables."

He said the flight delivered the relief material for Türkiye at Adana airport.

0755 GMT Toddler rescued from the rubble in southern Türkiye 

Another young child has been rescued about 150 hours after last week's earthquake.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday morning.

"There is always hope," Koca wrote in a statement that accompanied the video of the rescue.

0745 GMT EU envoy to Syria: 'absolutely unfair' to be accused of not providing aid

The European Union's envoy to Syria said early on Sunday that it was not fair to accuse the group of failing to provide enough help to Syrians following the earthquake that devastated large parts of Syria and Türkiye last week.

Dan Stoenescu told Reuters the bloc and its member states have gathered more than 50 million euros to provide aid and back rescue missions and first aid in both government-held and rebel-controlled parts of Syria.

Search and rescue teams, as well as earthquake victims in Syria, have complained that aid has been slow to reach the affected region and that it is not nearly enough.

The internationally sidelined and heavily sanctioned Bashar al Assad regime has appealed for UN aid while saying all assistance must be done in coordination with Damascus and delivered from within Syria, not across the Turkish border into rebel areas.

Some observers have accused Damascus of directing aid towards loyalist areas. Syrian authorities did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Stoenescu called on the authorities in Damascus not to politicise the humanitarian aid delivery. He also said the EU was encouraging member states to provide help and that sanctions "do not impede the delivery of humanitarian aid."

0715 GMT All college volleyball players from Magusa perish in Adiyaman

All male and female members of a volleyball team from the Turkish College of Education in Magusa, TRNC, have died following the powerful quake that hit southern Türkiye last Monday.

According to several reports from Turkish media, the athletes were in the province of Adiyaman to participate in a tournament when the disaster struck. 

Only four parents and a manager of the volleyball team survived, while 34 others died including all the athletes.

0646 GMT UN relief chief: Devastation in Türkiye 'shocking'

UN relief chief Martin Griffiths has described as a "shocking experience" his visit to the earthquake-hit region of Türkiye. 

In a video posted on Twitter, Griffiths said that finding more survivors from the rubble "is of the highest importance."

Almost 26 million people have been affected by the earthquake, the World Health Organization (WHO) said as it launched a flash appeal for $42.8 million to cope with immediate, towering health needs.

06:01 GMT More than 2,000 AFAD personnel sent to help survivors deal with trauma 

More than 2,174 personnel and 327 vehicles have been dispatched to the earthquake-hit region of Türkiye for psychosocial support services for survivors dealing with trauma, according to the country's emergency agency AFAD. 

AFAD also said that the agency has also deployed 175,960 tents and 1,507,494 blankets for those who were displaced in the disaster.

05:42 GMT  Kuwaitis raise $67 million for quake victims in Türkiye, Syria

Kuwaitis have aised 20 million Kuwaiti dinars ($67 million) for victims of twin earthquakes that struck Türkiye and Syria.

More than 129,000 people participated in the donation drive organised by Kuwait’s Social Affairs Ministry to help victims of the quake.

In an interview with state television, Foreign Minister Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah thanked donors for the overwhelming response.

03:40 GMT Teenager pulled out of the rubble in Türkiye's Adiyaman

A 17-year-old teenager has been saved in southeastern Adiyaman province over 138 hours after the disaster on Monday.

According to Anadolu news agency, the teenager was resuced by a combined Turkish, Pakistani and Vietnamese rescue teams.

A video of the dramatic rescue was posted by Anadolu early on Sunday.

To read Saturday's latest updates, please click here.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies