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US News Turkey searches for last people missing from quake that killed at least 38

08:00  27 january  2020
08:00  27 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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ELAZIG — A woman and her young child were pulled out alive from under a collapsed building before Turkey began winding down its rescue operation on Sunday following an earthquake that killed at least 38 people .

Rescue officials in Turkey are searching for the last people missing from an earthquake that has killed at least 38 . The magnitude 6.8 quake struck in eastern Turkey on Friday evening, killing 34 people in Elazig province and four in the neighbouring province of Malatya.

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ELAZIG, Turkey (Reuters) - A woman and her young child were pulled out alive from under a collapsed building before Turkey began winding down its rescue operation on Sunday following an earthquake that killed at least 38 people. 

The magnitude 6.8 quake struck in eastern Turkey on Friday evening, killing 34 people in Elazig province and four in the neighboring province of Malatya. More than 1,600 others were hurt, Turkey's AFAD disaster authority said.

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Turkish rescuers pulled more survivors from the rubble of collapsed buildings on Sunday in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake, but the death toll still rose to at least 38 . Nearly 4,000 people , helped by mechanical diggers, worked in freezing temperatures to comb through the debris in Elazig

Turkish authorities said the death toll rose to at least 38 people from the magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck Friday night. The quake also injured over 1,600 people but at least 45 survivors have been pulled alive from the rubble so far, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a news

a group of people riding skis on top of a building: Rescue workers search the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig © Reuters/UMIT BEKTAS Rescue workers search the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig

Rescue operations had largely been concluded by late Sunday but rescuers were still searching for three people in Elazig, about 550 km (340 miles) east of Ankara, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

"We are still hopeful, we haven't lost hope," he told broadcaster CNN Turk.

People rest at a temporary shelter camp in a basketball arena, after an earthquake in Elazig © Reuters/UMIT BEKTAS People rest at a temporary shelter camp in a basketball arena, after an earthquake in Elazig

Those rescued included a 35-year-old woman and her infant daughter in the Mustafa Pasa district of Elazig. Rescuers who heard their screams took several hours to reach them in temperatures as low as -4 C (24.8°F), state media said

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Rescuers desperately attempted Sunday to find survivors in eastern Turkey in the rubble of collapsed buildings after a powerful earthquake claimed at least 38 Workers were searching for two people still under the rubble, Hurriyet daily said. "If it was summer, people could maybe resist a little longer.

At least 104 people were receiving hospital treatment after the quake , 13 of them in intensive care, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu promised financial help for the victims of the quake . He then attended the funeral of five members of the same family — a married

"Can you hear me?" television footage showed a rescuer calling to the mother. "We are coming. We will save you".

Gallery: Earthquake strikes eastern Turkey (Photo Services)

"Please get me out, I cannot stand it anymore. Get my daughter, I am nothing without my kid," she replied before being safely lifted out on a crane.

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The woman's husband was among those killed.

a building covered in snow: Rescue workers search the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig © Reuters/UMIT BEKTAS Rescue workers search the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig

In a nearby neighborhood, rescue workers stood on mountains of debris where the quake had split an apartment building in half. They dug through using buckets, blowing whistles when they needed silence to listen for trapped people.

Rescue teams supported by thousands of emergency workers from other provinces and by hundreds of volunteers had pulled 45 people from under the rubble since the quake, Turkey's AFAD disaster authority said.

NEW HOUSING, FINANCIAL SUPPORT

a group of people on a court: People rest at a temporary shelter camp in a basketball arena, after an earthquake in Elazig © Reuters/UMIT BEKTAS People rest at a temporary shelter camp in a basketball arena, after an earthquake in Elazig

Speaking on Saturday during a visit to Elazig and Malatya, President Tayyip Erdogan said steel-framed houses would rapidly be built for the displaced residents. On Sunday, he said new and permanent houses would also be provided soon.

"We do not have the luxury of being slow. We cannot be late and we will not allow any delays," he said.

a group of people that are standing in the snow: Rescue workers search the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig © Reuters/UMIT BEKTAS Rescue workers search the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 104 people were being treated in hospital. 

AFAD said it had sent more than 10,400 tents, 17,000 beds, 37,000 blankets, heaters and food supplies to affected areas and Soylu said AFAD had received 7 million lira ($1.18 million) from a public donation campaign.

a group of people riding on top of a snow covered street: Rescue workers search the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig © Reuters/UMIT BEKTAS Rescue workers search the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig

AFAD said 1,521 buildings had been damaged, including 645 heavily damaged and 76 collapsed structures. In a statement, it said it had transferred 3 million lira in emergency aid to each of the municipalities in Elazig and Malatya.

It warned residents not to enter damaged buildings because of the danger of collapse and further aftershocks. Of which it said there had been 844.

a pile of dirt in front of a building: Rescue workers search the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig © Reuters/UMIT BEKTAS Rescue workers search the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig

Soylu said those affected by the quake would start receiving financial support from Monday, with 400 housing units to be set aside for displaced residents as soon as possible.

Turkey has a history of powerful earthquakes. More than 17,000 people were killed in August 1999 when a 7.6 magnitude quake struck Izmit, a city southeast of Istanbul. In 2011, a quake in the eastern city of Van killed more than 500.

(Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by John Stonestreet, William Maclean and Timothy Heritage)

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