Latest BBC Summary
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in the earthquake disaster zone in his country as criticism grows over the official response
- Families in some badly-hit areas have said the slow speed of rescue efforts means they have had no help digging through ruins to find relatives
- Erdogan acknowledged there’d been difficulties with the initial response but blamed delays on damaged roads and airports
- “We survived the earthquake, but we will die here due to hunger or cold,” said a 64-year-old in Antakya, Hatay province
- More than 11,000 people in southern Turkey and northern Syria are now known to have been killed
- The White Helmets, who are leading efforts to rescue people in rebel-held areas Syria, say time is running out to save people
- Dramatic footage has emerged of rescues – one family of six were pulled alive from the rubble in the Syrian city of Idlib
Charity worker says there’s a shortage of body bags
Salah Aboulgasem, an aid worker for the charity Islamic Relief, has travelled from the UK to Gaziantep in southeast Turkey to help with the humanitarian effort.
Despite having been to “many war zones, many disaster zones… this is by all means one of the most devastating I’ve ever seen,” he said.
He said the first 72 hours on the ground were focused on “trying to save as many lives as we can”.
“It’s a real race against time,” he adds.
“[Rescuers] are requesting more body bags, because of the amount of bodies they’re recovering from the rubble,” sayd Salah.
There are also chilling reports from colleagues in Syria of mass graves being dug to cope with the volume of bodies, he adds.
He was speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live.