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Death toll in Turkey earthquake rises to 22

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The death toll from the powerful earthquake that struck eastern Turkey has risen to at least 22 dead and more than a thousand wounded, while rescue teams continued to search for survivors in the rubble on Saturday.

And 30 people are still missing as a result of the earthquake that struck at Friday night, measuring 6.8 degrees, and its center was located in the town of Sevres in the eastern province of Elazig.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that all measures have been taken to help people affected by the earthquake that caused terror in the region.

“We stand with our people,” Erdogan said on Twitter.

The Turkish Emergency and Disaster Management confirmed that the earthquake struck Sevres at 20:55 (1755 GMT). Turkey is located on several fault lines, and is affected frequently by earthquakes.

Turkish state television broadcasts scenes of people hurrying with terror outside, as a building caught fire.

The interior, environment and health ministers who were at the site reported that the victims had fallen in the neighboring provinces of Elazig and Malatya (southwest).

And the emergency management confirmed that at least 22 people were killed and 1,015 others were injured.

Rescuers continued searching for survivors who were trapped under the rubble of a five-story building that collapsed in a village located about 30 km from Elazig, according to correspondents at the site. One person was rescued from the rubble.

Sevres, which is about 4000 people south of the city of Elazig, is located on the shores of Lake Hazar, which is considered one of the main attractions for tourists in the region.

Residents of several regions in eastern Turkey near the border with Iraq and Syria felt the tremor, according to the Turkish network “NTV”, adding that neighboring cities have sent their rescue teams to the earthquake zone.

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