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Turkey Declares Monthslong State of Emergency in Quake-Hit Regions

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ISTANBUL—Snowfall, freezing temperatures and blocked roads hindered efforts Tuesday to respond to two powerful earthquakes that killed more than 5,150 people in southern Turkey and northern Syria, leading Turkey’s president to declare a three-month state of emergency in affected areas.

“The scale of the earthquake of course makes us take certain extraordinary measures,” Mr. Erdogan said Tuesday in a televised address. “We will be completing all the necessary procedures and formalities very fast.”

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