Emergency response efforts are continuing in Turkey in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake which hit three days ago, taking the lives of at least 36 people.

The magnitude-6.8 quake shook Turkey’s Elazig province late on Friday January 24th, causing buildings to collapse.

Since then, around 45 people have been pulled alive from the rubble so far and while the rescue operation has been reported to have “largely concluded”, disaster response and emergency teams have located six people still trapped under rubble and continue to work to free them.

More than 1,600 people were injured in the earthquake, with 104 still in hospital, officials said.

Turkey, which sits atop two major fault lines, has a history of powerful earthquakes. In 1999, about 17,000 people died in a quake in the western city of Izmit.

This latest  quake struck at about 20:55 local time (17:55 GMT), centring on the town of Sivrice in Elazig province.

More than 700 aftershocks have been registered so far.

Rescue teams worked through the night on Friday and Saturday in freezing temperatures, using their hands, drills and diggers to try to find people in the rubble of fallen buildings. They also brought beds and tents for those displaced.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised that steel-framed houses will be built for those who have lost their homes.

 

 

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