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December 3, 2021

Eastern Turkey hit by 7.2 magnitude quake

Hundreds feared dead.

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has hit eastern Turkey, causing deaths and injuries as buildings collapsed, the BBC informs. The quake hit just north-east of the city of Van, where Anatolia news agency said at least 50 people were injured. Unconfirmed reports quoted by Realitatea TV said up to 1,000 people might have died. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said there had been damage and deaths in Van but gave no firm figure. Television pictures showed damaged buildings and vehicles in Van, and panicked residents spilling out into streets. Anatolia news agency reported that rescue workers were searching the wreckage of a seven-storey building in the city for people thought to be trapped in the rubble.Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said 10 buildings had collapsed in Van and 25-30 had collapsed in the nearby town of Ercis. According to the Turkish Red Crescent, 25 buildings containing flats and one housing a dormitory had collapsed in Ercis. The mayor of Van, Bekir Kaya, told NTV television that initial damage assessments were proving difficult because “the telephone system is jammed due to panic”.

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