Turkey earthquake death toll rises to 29 with more than 1,000 injured

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The death toll from a strong earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey climbed to 29 Saturday, with more than 1,000 people injured, emergency officials said.

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Elazig province, a sparsely-populated part of eastern Turkey on Friday. The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 1755 GMT, was about 340 miles east of the capital, Ankara. Various earthquake monitoring centers gave magnitudes ranging from 6.5 to 6.8.

President - Recep - Tayyip - Erdogan - Plans

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cancelled his plans in Istanbul on Saturday and went to Elazig to inspect the rescue efforts. He also attended a funeral for a woman and her son killed in the quake, which he described as a 'test' for Turkey.

'We are doing everything we can as the state and nation, and we will continue to do so. Our efforts at all rescue sites will continue,' he said at the funeral, adding state house developer TOKI would make sure no one was left 'hungry or in the open.'

Workers - People - Rubble - Buildings - Elazig

Rescue workers were continuing to search for some 30 people buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings in Elazig province and neighboring Malatya, said Health Minister Fahrettin Koca. He warned that the death toll could rise.

TV footage showed rescuers pull out one injured person from the rubble of a collapsed building in the district of Gezin.

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Around 30 were believed to be trapped inside collapsed structures in Elazig , Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

Rescue teams from neighboring provinces were dispatched to the affected areas, working in the dark with floodlights in the freezing cold, and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said troops were on standby to help.

Hundreds - Residents - Homeless - Homes

Hundreds of residents were left homeless or with damaged homes.

Around 30 were believed to be trapped inside collapsed structures in Elazig province, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

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