Turkey earthquake: At least 22 dead as buildings collapse

BBC News | 1/25/2020 | Staff
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At least 22 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured in a powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey.

The magnitude-6.8 quake, centred on the town of Sivrice in Elazig province, caused buildings to collapse and sent residents rushing into the street.

People - Officials

Forty-two people have been rescued so far, with more than 20 feared to remain trapped, officials say.

Earthquakes are common in Turkey - about 17,000 people died in a quake in the western city of Izmit in 1999.

Friday - Quake - Time - GMT

Friday's quake struck at about 20:55 local time (17:55 GMT).

Tremors were also felt in neighbouring Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

Aftershocks - Aftermath

More than 200 aftershocks were recorded in the immediate aftermath.

Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (Afad) said more than 400 rescue teams were heading towards the region, along with beds and tents for those displaced. It warned people not to return to damaged buildings in case of aftershocks.

Afad - People - Elazig - Province - Count

Afad said that 18 people had died in Elazig province, while the official count in Malatya is four. The governor or Malatya, however, earlier said that six people had died there.

TV pictures showed emergency services frantically searching for survivors.

Reports - Woman - Rubble - Hours - Earthquake

Reports said an elderly woman was pulled alive from the rubble about 19 hours after the earthquake.

Another woman left buried was was saved...
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