The balance sheet has been revised upwards. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday, March 1, that eight French citizens were victims of a strong earthquake that occurred in Turkey and Syria in early February. Earlier it was reported about four dead.
“The number of French people who died as a result of this earthquake is currently eight people,” said Fanny Demassier, deputy director of the Ministry’s Center for Crisis and Support (CDCS), during a hearing in the National Assembly. “For several days we have not had a single new individual affected situation”she added in the Assembly’s foreign affairs committee, suggesting that this assessment could be final. To ensure their protection, the CDCS and the French Embassy in Ankara set up crisis cells.
More than 50,000 people died in Turkey and Syria in the February 6 earthquake, according to a report obtained by AFP from multiple sources and a reassessment by the Syrian side. The death toll in Syria stands at 5,951, according to a report compiled on Tuesday based on cross-checks from multiple sources. The latest figures put the death toll in Turkey on Sunday at 44,374.