Desperation and anger grow in search for Turkey and Syria earthquake survivors. Death toll nears 8400

Anger has mounted in Turkey over what was described as a slow and inadequate response by authorities to the powerful earthquake that also hit neighbouring Syria, as the death toll passed 8,000 and chances of finding survivors narrowed.

Rescuers worked through the night on Wednesday, searching through the rubble of collapsed buildings, while freezing conditions, destroyed roads and poor infrastructure hindered the search in both countries.

Monday’s magnitude 7.8 quake, followed hours later by a second quake almost as powerful, toppled thousands of buildings including hospitals, schools and apartment blocks, injuring tens of thousands, leaving countless numbers homeless across Turkey and Syria….