Damaged high-rise buildings pose difficulties for rescue after earthquake in Turkey, Syria

A large number of high-rise buildings have been severely damaged in the earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria early this week, which has impeded rescue work, images sent back by some Chinese commercial satellites showed. Currently, several rescue teams from China are searching for survivors in Turkey.

As of press time, the number of dead in Turkey had risen to 17,674, making it the deadliest quake in the country since 1939. Turkey Vice President Fuat Oktay announced on Friday that 121 people had been rescued from the rubble in the past 24 hours, with 29,622 search and rescue crews including teams from China taking part in the effort to find survivors.

Images were taken by a satellite from China Siwei Surveying and Mapping Technology Co. of the city of Iskenderun, which was severely jolted by the earthquake. It showed that many high-rise buildings were severely damaged, with heavy smoke rising from some of them.

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