Hamilton City Hall lowers flag for earthquake victims in Turkey, Syria

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Published February 7, 2023 at 2:19 pm

Anthony Urciuoli/inthehammer.com photo
Anthony Urciuoli/inthehammer.com photo

The Canadian flag at Hamilton City Hall has been lowered to recognize the victims of Monday’s deadly earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

The death toll has surpassed 5,300 and is expected to rise as search and rescue operations continue.

The powerful 7.8 magnitude quake, followed by strong aftershocks, levelled thousands of buildings across southeastern Turkey and parts of neighbouring Syria.

Turkish Vice President Faut Oktay says more than 8,000 people have been pulled out of the rubble in his country so far, and some 380,000 have taken shelter in government hotels and buildings.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that Canada would send 10 million to relief efforts in both countries.

International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan says the federal government is conducting a needs assessment for further aid and is also considering deploying the country’s disaster assistance response team to help with rescue operations.

 

With files from The Canadian Press

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