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Syria reveals final figures on earthquake losses

Damascus, May 8 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian Prime Minister, Hussein Arnous, revealed today that the earthquakes that devastated the country last February caused the death of 1,414 persons and injuries to 2,367 others.

One thousand 553 people were rescued from under the rubble by specialized teams, the head of government told the country’s Parliament.

He indicated that the number of affected families amounted to 224,762, with a total of one million citizens, of which 1,348 families are still sheltered in 32 accommodation centers.

According to Arnous, the number of uninhabitable buildings to be demolished as a result of the disaster was 9,194, while 66,889 buildings need to be reinforced.

Regarding the governmental response to the aftermath of the earthquakes, Arnous explained that the State institutions were faced with an additional challenge and a new test of a different and unprecedented type.

It was a challenge in terms of time and material, financial and human resources, exhausted by the log war and blockade imposed on the country.

According to the head of government, Syria has today entered a new phase of openness and constructive and productive cooperation.

We hope that this phase will be the prelude to the end of the sufferings of our people resulting from the unjust unilateral sanctions and the plundering of its natural wealth by the US occupier and its lackeys in eastern Syria,” the chief executive said.

In turn, the Syrian Red Crescent organization revealed that its volunteers provided eight million assistance services to more than two and a half million people affected.

Last February 6, two powerful earthquakes shook several Syrian provinces and Turkiye leaving tens of thousands affected, particularly the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Idlib and Latakia. jrr/jav/mgt/fm

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