Syria quake damage estimated at $5.1 bil., World Bank says

The World Bank says the powerful earthquakes that hit Syria last month caused an estimated 5.1 billion dollars in direct physical damage. That's about 10 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

The bank says damage from the February 6 quakes to residential buildings accounts for nearly half of the total at 2.5 billion dollars.

Damage to non-residential buildings such as medical institutions and schools is estimated at 1.7 billion dollars, while the figure for infrastructure amounts to 900 million dollars.

The northern region of Aleppo was hit hardest, accounting for 45 percent of the total, followed by Idlib in the northwest with 37 percent.

The bank says detailed surveys are needed to assess the impact on business activities and the cost of temporary housing.

The bank says, "These losses compound years of destruction, suffering and hardship the people of Syria have been enduring over the past years."

Late last month, the bank said the quakes had caused an estimated 34.2 billion dollars in direct physical damage in Turkey.

The amounts for the two countries could rise when costs for recovery and reconstruction are included.