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Turkiye Earthquake Damage Estimated to Exceed $100 Billion: United Nations

The United Nations reported on Tuesday that damage from the devastating earthquake that slammed Turkey and Syria last month is believed to have cost more than $100 billion in Turkey alone.

“Now it is apparent that simply the damages alone would amount to more than $100bn,” Louisa Vinton of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) told reporters via video link from Gaziantep in Turkiye, adding that the recovery costs “will be on top of that”.

More than 45,000 people have died in Turkey and 5,000 in neighbouring Syria as a result of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck on February 6 and its aftershocks.

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