The interior minister of Turkey reported that a second earthquake struck the southern Hatay region on Monday evening, leaving at least three people dead and 213 others injured.
Suleyman Soylu stated at a news briefing that “three of our citizens lost their lives; one in the Antakya district, one in the district of Defne, and one in the Samandag area.”
Three locations are undergoing search and rescue operations, he added.
Turkish disaster management organization AFAD said that at least 32 aftershocks have already been felt.
According to AFAD, the 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Hatay’s Defne district at about 8:04 p.m. local time (17:04 GMT).
Three minutes later, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock with its epicenter in the Samandag neighborhood of Hatay occurred.
Hardly two weeks have passed since the earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 that were centered near Kahramanmaras.
Ten additional provinces, including Hatay, Gaziantep, Malatya, Sanliurfa, Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Kilis, Osmaniye, and Elazig, were also affected by the fatal quakes.
According to the most recent government statistics, the crisis has affected over 13 million people, and over 41,000 people have died as a result.