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Earthquake kills thousands in Turkey and Syria

Thousands of people are feared dead in a deadly earthquake across a swathe of Turkey and northwest Syria on Monday, with freezing winter weather adding to the plight of the thousands left injured or homeless and hampering efforts to find survivors.

The 7.8 magnitude quake destroyed whole apartment blocks in Turkish cities and piled more devastation on millions of Syrians displaced by years of war. The disaster struck before sunrise in harsh weather and was followed in the early afternoon by another large quake.

In Kenya, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Dr. Alfred Mutua has urged Kenyans to volunteer and donate to the victims of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

In a statement to the media, CS Mutua implored Kenyans who are able, to volunteer and extend material help to Syria and Turkiye.

“I call upon Kenyans who are able to join hands in extending material support that would alleviate human suffering such as food stuffs, clothing, financial, medical stuff among others.” CS Mutua said

A collection point for the material needs will be communicated soon according to the CS.

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