The death toll from the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit eastern Turkey on Friday rose to 41. Rescue work continues around the clock in the affected areas at low temperatures, Global News reports.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said at a press conference on Sunday in Istanbul that at least 45 survivors were rescued from the rubble, and 1,607 people were injured in the earthquake in Elazig and Malatya provinces.
Over 948 tremors shook the region after the first powerful earthquake. The search and rescue operations involve 3,500 rescue experts, whose efforts are concentrated mainly in the Mustafa Pasha area and the nearby town of Sivridge.
As the night temperature dropped to -5 ° C, emergency teams set up more than 9,500 tents for the displaced residents and distributed 17,000 hot meals.
1,375 buildings were destroyed, more than 1,000 buildings were damaged. Airborne drones are used to survey damaged areas and coordinate rescue operations.
According to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, at least 104 people were injured as a result of the earthquake, 13 of them are in intensive care.