24 Oct '11, 3am

217 dead in Turkey quake

217 dead in Turkey quake

ANKARA: Rescuers searched Monday for victims of a powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey that killed at least 217 people, with more feared trapped in the rubble of dozens of collapsed apartment buildings. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rushed to the Kurdish-populated Van province where the 7.2-magnitude quake struck on Monday, and warned the toll could rise as more victims were found in the wreckage of shattered buildings. "Search and rescue efforts will continue overnight," he said. Erdogan said the situation was particularly grave in Ercis, a district of around 100,000 people where around 55 apartment buildings have collapsed. Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said that 100 people had died in the city of Van and 117 in Ercis district, with another 1,090 injured in the nation's worst quake in years. Television footage showed search and rescue teams recovering bodies ...

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