Turkey: Death toll from earthquake rises to 25

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ANKARA – Twenty-five people were killed and at least 804 injured when a magnitude-6.6 earthquake jolted Izmir on the Turkish Aegean on Friday, the Disaster Management Agency Authority (AFAD) said early Saturday.

At least 743 people were injured in Izmir, and in neighbouring provinces — five in Manisa, two in Balikesir and 54 in Aydin, Anadolu Agency reported.

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Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 435 people are receiving treatment, while 25 were in intensive care and nine are undergoing surgeries.

He also said 364 were discharged from hospitals, having completed treatment and that medical and rescue teams continued to work in Izmir to “alleviate the pain.”

At least 389 aftershocks, with 33 more powerful than magnitude-4.0, were recorded, according to AFAD.

Search and rescue operations have been completed in eight buildings in Izmir — Turkey’s third-largest city by population — while work continues in nine others, according to Environment and Urbanization Minister Murat Kurum, who said damage assessment work has begun in public buildings.

AFAD said the quake occurred at 2.51 pm local time (1151GMT) at a depth of 16.54 kilometres.

It said one of the fatalities was a result of drowning.

Izmir Governor Yavuz Selim Kosger said the quake triggered a partial tsunami in the coastal district of Seferihisar, which left at least one person injured.

The agency said another earthquake, magnitude-5.1, hit the Aegean Sea, 20 kilometres off the Kusadasi district of Turkey’s Aydin province.

AFAD said another earthquake, magnitude-5.0, hit the Aegean Sea at 08.21 am local time (0521GMT), 17.26 kilometres off Seferihisar.

The National Observatory of Athens’ Institute of Geodynamics initially put the magnitude of the quake at 6.6 but later revised it to 6.7.

It struck northwest of the Greek island of Samos in the Aegean Sea, said the observatory.

Two children were reported killed on Samos.

— BERNAMA