Turkish And Syrian Earthquake Death Toll Surpasses 5,000

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The Irish government have announced €2 million in humanitarian aid for the Red Cross.

The number of people who've died after the earthquake in Turkey and Syria has surpassed 5,000.

Hundreds of families remain trapped under the rubble of buildings destroyed by the tremor, according to a Syrian civil defence organisation.

Tanaiste Michael Martin announced €2 million in humanitarian aid will be provided to the International Federation of the Red Cross.

Laois Offaly TD and Junior Minister in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Sean Fleming, says it's still unclear how bad the situation is:

Omer Cakici, from Omer the Turkish Barber in Athlone, says his friend has been trapped under rubble for 36 hours without help.

He says he feels very powerless:

 

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