Turkish president faces anger in quake disaster zones as death toll soars to 9,500

President Recep Erdogan was greeted by angry survivors when he toured the earthquake disaster zone on Wednesday, four days after a 7.6 magnitude quake hit 10 southern Turkish towns and four northern Syrian provinces. Families were being forced to dig with bare hands through thousands of ruined buildings for survivors as hunger and icy minus 7 degrees cold took further toll on the victims. They complained to the president about the slow speed of rescue efforts and the non-distribution of food in some areas. There is less footage from Syria than Turkey of the appalling damage caused by the tremors which continue. In the Syrian town of Idlib, a family of six was pulled out of the rubble of their home. The combined death toll has rocketed to 9,500 and double that number is eventually feared.

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