Search and rescue efforts are winding down in Turkey and Syria, two weeks after the devastating 7.8 earthquake that killed more than 44,700 people.
On Saturday morning, rescue workers in Hatay, Turkey, pulled three members of a family — including a 12-year-old who later died — from the rubble, making them the last people to be dug out alive.
According to the UN, the full extent of the devastation, including the death toll, caused by the earthquake will take longer to assess in neighboring Syria.
Since the natural disaster, images of destruction, despair and hope have traveled around the world, sparking solidarity with the earthquake’s victims.
These are some of those pictures
About 105,794 buildings in Tukey were destroyed or will have to be demolished after the earthquake and its 6,040 aftershocks, according to the country’s Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.
In Antakya, one of the worst affected parts of the country, at least 80% of its buildings will be demolished.
In Syria, the hardest hit area was its rebel-held northwestern region, making it difficult for the international community to get aid to people in desperate need of aid.
In some parts of earthquake-hit Turkey, rescue workers arrived on the scene just days after the initial disaster, leaving some people using their bare hands to try to dig their loved ones out of the rubble.
And some international volunteers who rushed to Turkey after the earthquake reported that they had to wait for permission to start work or that equipment was slow to arrive.
In Syria, two new border crossings were opened to help aid reach rebel-held areas a week after the earthquake – a delay the UN has called “deadly”.
But some critics argued that the UN should have used additional crossings to get aid to rebel-held areas without waiting for Damascus’s approval or finding an alternative way to get aid to the area.
Human Rights Watch added that millions of people in Syria were forced to go without search and rescue teams or aid after the natural disaster.
But amid the destruction, there were also brief glimpses of hope, such as when a baby girl was born under the rubble.
Or the story of a two-month-old baby, a two-year-old girl and a pregnant woman who were all rescued five days after the earthquake.