Turkey’s disaster agency announced that rescue efforts have been suspended in all but two provinces, nearly two weeks after a massive earthquake killed tens of thousands of people.
The agency’s chief stated that searches will continue in Kahramanmaras and Hatay.
However, there is little hope of finding anyone else alive in the rubble.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Turkey and announced a $100 million (£83 million) humanitarian aid package.
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The epicentre of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Kahramanmaras on February 6 was located there. More than 44,000 people have been confirmed killed in south-eastern Turkey and northern Syria.
The death toll is expected to rise, with approximately 345,000 apartments destroyed in Turkey and many people still missing. Neither Turkey nor Syria has stated how many people are still missing.
“Search and rescue efforts have been completed in many of our provinces,” Yunus Sezer, the disaster agency’s chief, told reporters in Ankara.
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He said that while search and rescue efforts were still underway in the two provinces, he expected the number to drop by Sunday evening.
On Friday, rescue workers extracted at least three people from the rubble, more than 11 days after they were trapped when the earthquake struck.
Mr. Blinken has arrived in Turkey to show his support, despite the fact that the trip was planned prior to the earthquake. It is his first visit to Turkey since taking office nearly two years ago.
The new assistance “will be relocating soon. Unfortunately, long-term recovery is more important than search and rescue. This will be a long-term endeavour “, he said to reporters.
He added that getting aid into Syria was “very, very challenging”.
He will visit Hatay to observe humanitarian efforts before meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday. The two are expected to talk about Turkey’s refusal to ratify Sweden and Finland’s Nato membership applications.