Death toll from earthquake in Turkey rises to 39 - UPDATED

Mon 27 Jan 2020 12:16 GMT | 16:16 Local Time

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The death toll from a powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey has risen to 39, the country's disaster relief agency said Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported.

The 6.8-magnitude quake shook eastern Elazig province late Friday. Tremors were also felt in neighboring countries including Syria and Georgia.

Out of 1,607 injured people, 1,515 have been discharged from the hospital, while 45 people who were trapped under the debris of houses and buildings were rescued, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

A total of 844 aftershocks were felt, it added.

AFAD said rescue work continues in the region with more than 3,800 personnel, hundreds of vehicles and 22 sniffer dogs.

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