215,000 people may still be under the rubble: Expert
There may be 215,000 victims still trapped under the rubble in the earthquake zone and the real fatality figure will emerge after the ninth day, geophysics engineer Ercan has said.
A Turkish geophysics engineer said on Thursday that the number of people still trapped under the rubble after the 6 February earthquake may be around 215,000.
Prof. Ovgun Ahmet Ercan said:
"We are now on the 9th of February, the fourth day of the earthquake. Officials say that 14,351 have been reported dead so far, 60 thousand injured, and 7 thousand out of the 4 million buildings [in Turkey] have been destroyed. The number of people inside those 7 thousand buildings is 224 thousand. When we consider the 9 thousand people who have been saved, the remaining 215 thousand may possibly be under the rubble."
"The real figure of fatalities will likely emerge when operations to remove the rubble start after the 9th day."