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Huge queues snake through snowy villages where government aid is yet to arrive and the air is -8C

It was still dark when I left.

We were aware of the warnings about falling temperatures and needed to move on.

Many routes leading into and out of Turkey have been rendered impassible.

Live updates about the Turkey-Syria earthquakes, as the death toll approaches 12,000


Many were ripped open by the tremors and others became clogged with residents or aid workers trying get in.

Forecasts of new snow and ice were only going to make things worse.

We planned to travel east to see what was happening in the smaller villages.

More about the Turkey-syria earthquake

Traffic in Goksun is slow to a crawl

The route was paved with thick snow and the temperature read at -8C (17.6F).

As a digger smashed through rubble, we passed a group standing in front of a fire.

Another one watched, and was silently crying.

He said that the building had withstand the 7.8 earthquake so many people had used it to shelter and get food.

Image A building that was left behind in Goksun

At least six people were present when the 7.5 aftershock struck and the entire place collapsed.

A group of volunteers dressed in orange jackets arrived at the scene to assist with the search. After a while, a whistle was given and everyone boarded their bus.

One of our sources told us that they were so short on help, they had to prioritize.

They believed that there was little chance of them finding any survivors, so they continued on to the next rescue.

We went east towards Afsin.

Image A blanket made of snow covers a field in Afsin (Turkey).
Image A house in Afsin (Turkey), now reduced to rubble

We saw many government trucks in the city handing out supplies, but it was different in rural villages.

One of the queues snaked out from a small village hall, where volunteers were giving out blankets and water.

They drove for four hours to get what they could to these remote communities.

More information about the Turkey-Syria earthquake.

Drone shows earthquake impact in Syria

The crowd rejoices when children are pulled from the rubble

A man travels from South Wales to a disaster-stricken region in Turkey to search for his family

Baby is born in rubble after the earthquake

We were told by them that the government support was overwhelmed by the needs of the people living in cities.

They didn’t know when or if it would arrive so they did their best to help.

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Rescuers talk to survivors

One of the men who helped us said that his wife was pulled from the rubble.

He showed us a picture of her with debris all the way to her neck.

His entire house was smashed to pieces and piled onto their car.

Image A car that was buried in the remains of an Afsin property, Turkey

They are now facing a new threat after having survived one disaster.

They must survive the cold without heat or power.


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