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    Earthquake in Turkey: at least 22 dead in eastern country

    Earthquake in Turkey: at least 22 dead in eastern country

    DISASTER The 6.8 magnitude earthquake occurred Friday evening

    At least 22 people have been killed and more than a thousand injured in a powerful earthquake that struck eastern Turkey, where relief workers extracted the first survivors from collapsed buildings this Saturday.

    AFAD said at least 30 aftershocks were later recorded and more than 400 rescue teams had been dispatched. At least 22 people have died and 1,200 have been injured, according to the latest AFAD report.

    The population in shock

    At least 30 people have been reported trapped in the rubble since the violent 6.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred Friday in the Sivrice district of Elazig province.

    AFAD, the government’s disaster agency, said on Twitter early Saturday that five survivors have so far been removed from ruined buildings. Among these survivors is a pregnant woman who spent a dozen hours under the rubble, according to state agency Anadolu. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) correspondent on site saw a team of rescuers remove a wounded man from the debris of a five-story building that collapsed in Elazig.

    In the freezing cold of the street, some residents lit fires to heat themselves during the night. "It was scary, the furniture fell on us. We rushed out, "Melahat Can, 47, an Elazig resident, told AFP. "We are going to spend the next few days on a farm outside the city."

    Rescuers at work

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that "all necessary measures" would be taken to help the areas hit by the quake and that he had dispatched several ministers to the site. "With all of our institutions, including AFAD and the Red Crescent, we stand by our people," he tweeted. As a sign of solidarity with the victims, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the funeral, in Elazig, of a mother and her son killed in the earthquake. He then went to the Mustafa Pasa district, where two residential buildings collapsed, saying that the state would do "everything in its power" to help the residents.

    Sports halls, schools and libraries have opened to accommodate people who fled their homes after the earthquake, authorities said. Turkish television broadcast images of panicked residents rushing outside the buildings, and at least one building with a burning roof. She also showed images of rescuers looking for possible survivors in the rubble of a building.

    Turkey, a privileged area of ​​earthquakes

    Turkey, located in one of the most active seismic zones in the world, is frequently affected by earthquakes.

    In 1999, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the northwest of the country, killing more than 17,000 people, including a thousand in Istanbul. The last powerful earthquake to hit Turkey (7.1 on the Richter scale) occurred in 2011 in the eastern province of Van, killing more than 600 people.

    In September, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit Istanbul, the country's economic capital. Experts estimate that a major earthquake can affect this city of more than 15 million inhabitants at any time, where the often anarchic housing is rarely up to earthquake-resistant standards.

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