Following Monday’s earthquake in Turkey, no fewer than 7,000 relief workers from 61 countries are in the country to help in the search and rescue efforts, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

The quakes at the Syrian-Turkish border area have so far claimed the lives of more than 22,000 people in both countries.

According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, there were an overall of 141,000 Turkish and foreign rescue workers on site.

More than 76,000 people have been evacuated from the earthquake area, he said.

The search for survivors continues, in spite of dwindling hope.

The first quake hit early on Monday morning with a magnitude of 7.7. This was followed at midday by another quake with a magnitude of 7.6.

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