Turkey earthquake death toll rises to nearly 300, 970 buildings collapsed

By on Oct 24, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

Updated: October 25, 2011 10:30 p.m.

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The Turkey earthquake death toll rose to nearly 300 and 970 buildings has collapsed, with some videos of the aftermath available below.

According to the latest update of CNN on Monday, October 24, 2011, Turkey Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said that there are as many as 264 casualties due to the 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported it earlier as 7.3-magnitude and hit Turkey at 1:41:21 p.m. (local time) on Sunday, with a depth of 7.2 km (4.5 miles).

Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay announced in a press conference on Monday that the number of casualties have reached to 239, while Health Minister Recep Akdag noted that it is difficult to tally the exact figure at this moment.

On the other hand, around 1,300 people were reportedly injured and are now being treated in various hospitals and a total of 970 buildings has collapsed.

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that 55 buildings collapsed in Ercis, a town nearby Van Province, where the epicenter of the earthquake occurred.

As noted at Al-jazeera also on Monday, Turkey government has deployed around 1,275 search and rescue teams and 145 ambulances from 38 cities, while six local military battalions also involved in the operation.

Apparently, different tools are now being used including shovels, heavy machinery and even bare hands with the hope to find more survivors in the nation’s strongest quake since 1999.

Turkey earthquake, October 23, 2011
Video Credit: alexcabTv/YouTube

Turkey earthquake, October 23, 2011
Video Credit: EuroNews/YouTube

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