100 dead, more than 990 injured after Turkish earthquake


Rescuers in Izmir province continue to search relentlessly in five buildings for survivors.


The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit western Turkey rose to 100 on Tuesday, the country’s disaster authority said.

The 7.0-magnitude quake also injured 994 people, the agency known by its Turkish acronym AFAD reported, 147 of whom are still in hospital.

He added that rescuers in Izmir province continued to relentlessly search five buildings for an unknown number of missing persons.

The worst-hit Turkish town was Bayrakli in Izmir, where there was a mixture of celebration and sadness on Monday after a three-year-old girl named Elif Perincek and a 14-year-old named Idil Sirin were rescued from the rubble .

But both have lost a brother each in the disaster that hit the Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon.

Two teenagers on their way home from school were also killed in Greece.

Turkey reported more than 1,464 aftershocks after the earthquake, including 44 of magnitude greater than four.

After dozens of buildings were damaged and the risk of repeated tremors, thousands of residents were forced to spend a fourth night in tents in Izmir.

The earthquake is the deadliest in Turkey this year after another disaster struck the eastern provinces of Elazig and Malatya in January, killing more than 40 people.

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