Turkey earthquake death toll to 479

The death toll now has risen to more than 479 from the powerful earthquake in Turkey. Emergency workers battled to rescue people trapped in buildings in the city of Van, a large eastern city populated mainly by Kurds, and surrounding districts on the banks of Lake Van, near Turkey’s border with Iran.

There was growing concern for tens of thousands of people forced to spend the night outside in near-freezing temperatures in the mountainous Van region, because their damaged homes were shaken by a succession of aftershocks.

Moreover 7.2 magnitude earthquake Sunday had the most serious effect in Ercis, a city of about 75,000 people, where an estimated 84 buildings should collapsed.Tents, distributed blankets and food in areas affected by the earthquake.



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