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Ankara:Turkey requests foreign assistance

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Laaska News Oct. 26,2011
Death toll reaches 459 in Turkish earthquake

Turkish rescue workers scramble through the rubble in a search for survivors. Photo: AFP  

The Turkish government has sought foreign assistance for earthquake relief in the east of the country.

The request was made to the 30 countries which had previously declared their readiness to assist. Among them are Russia, the USA, China, Japan, the EU and other neighboring countries. A request was also sent to and received by Israel, which had been offended earlier by the lack of a response from Ankara to their offer of help.

The Turkish authorities said there is a need for tents needed for the temporary accommodation of victims, building materials and prefabricated housing kits.

Previously, Ankara stated that it could cope with the consequences of the disaster on its own.

According to official figures, the death toll in the earthquake has risen to 459 people with more than 1,300 people injured. An earthquake 7.2 on the Richter scale occurred on Sunday in the eastern province of Van.


Death toll reaches 450 in Turkish earthquake

Rescue efforts are continuing in eastern Turkey after Sunday’s major earthquake.

The Turkish government says 459 people are confirmed dead and more than 1,300 are injured. The magnitude 7.2 earthquake also destroyed at least 2,200 buildings.

In the hardest-hit town of Ercis, crews are using heavy machinery to search for people buried under the debris, but they are being hampered by a series of strong aftershocks. A 2-week-old baby girl and her mother were found alive in the rubble, and a 10-year-old boy was also rescued.

The workers are racing against time, as the chances of anyone surviving beneath the rubble are said to fade dramatically after 72 hours.


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