Updated- Health Ministry: 237 deaths, 639 injuries in earthquake hit several provinces


Damascus, SANA- Health Ministry said that the death toll due to the earthquake has increased to 237 deaths and 639 injuries, mostly in Lattakia, Aleppo, Hama and Tartous provinces.

Earlier, Assistant Health Minister, Dr. Ahmad Damiriah, told SANA that 111 deaths and about 516 injuries had been reported in Aleppo, Hama, and Lattakia provinces, in a preliminary toll, due to the earthquake hit northern Liwa Iskenderun,

Dr. Damiriah said that readiness of all hospitals ambulance departments has been raised in all Syrian provinces, and the response teams have been alerted to admit the wounded to hospitals.

He also noted that the general emergency plan and supply plan for required medicines have been implemented to help the affected places.

Damiriah indicated that medical teams from Homs and Tartous along with eleven ambulances have been sent to Aleppo, and 15 mobile clinics were distributed to different places to treat the injuries according to its severity, stressing that private hospitals have been instructed to receive all cases, and to cooperate with other emergency services, firefighting and civil defense in all provinces

It is notable that earlier, Health Ministry reported, with preliminary toll, 42 deaths and 200 injuries.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA)