Quake in Turkey, Syria: Death toll surpasses 5,000

The death toll in a deadly earthquake in Turkey and Syria surpassed 5,000 on Tuesday as rescue operations move slowly.

Reuters reported that the temperature was close to freezing as the rain came down and there was no electricity or fuel in the city.

The magnitude 7.8 quake hit Turkey and neighboring Syria early on Monday, toppling thousands of buildings including many apartment blocks, wrecking hospitals, and leaving thousands of people injured or homeless.

In Turkey, the death toll climbed to 3,381 people, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said.

The death toll in Syria, already devastated by more than 11 years of war, stands at more than 1,500, according to the Syrian government and rescue service in the insurgent-held northwest.

Freezing winter weather hampered search efforts through the night. A woman’s voice was heard calling for help under a pile of rubble in the southern Turkish province of Hatay. Nearby, the body of a small child lay lifeless.

Families slept in cars lined up in the streets.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced seven days of mourning on Tuesday.