Death toll in Turkey’s earthquake rises to 24 - UPDATED-8

Death toll in Turkey’s earthquake rises to 24 - UPDATED-8
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Twenty-four 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, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

At least 743 were injured in Izmir, and in neighboring provinces, five in Manisa, two in Balikesir and 54 in Aydin.

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 p.m. local time (1151GMT) at a depth of 16.54 kilometers (10 miles).

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.

More than 475 vehicles and nearly 4,000 rescue workers, along with 20 sniffer dogs, were dispatched to the scene.

The Coast Guard Command is participating with 116 personnel, 11 boats, three helicopters and one diving team.

The Turkish Red Crescent sent 112 staffers, 137 volunteers, 27 vehicles and five mobile field kitchens with a capacity to serve more than 25,000 people.

Kerem Kinik, head of the Turkish Red Crescent, said a capacity to feed 56,300 people was created in Izmir.

Also, 960 disaster tents, 4,500 blankets, 3,672 beds were sent to the region, according to AFAD.

Nearly 114,500 masks and 5,000 disinfectants were dispatched to the region to be distributed by the Turkish Red Crescent public health and psychosocial support teams.

A total of 836 vehicles and 6,049 personnel have been assigned to search and rescue, medical, psychosocial support and humanitarian aid in the region, according to Turkey's Communications Directorate.

Also, three mobile coordination trucks, seven military cargo aircraft, one unmanned aerial vehicle, six helicopters and 292 security personnel were dispatched to the region, it added.

Five million Turkish liras ($600,000) was sent to the region by the Family, Labor and Social Services Ministry, and 3 million liras ($360,000) was provided by AFAD.

***02:24

At least 20 people were killed and 763 others injured when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake jolted the city of Izmir on the Turkish Aegean on Friday, the environment and urbanization minister said, APA reports.

***23:35

At least 12 people were killed and 607 others injured when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake jolted the city of Izmir on the Turkish Aegean on Friday, the environment and urbanization minister said, APA reports.

***22:15

Number of injured rises to 522 in wake of 6.6 earthquake in Izmir, Turkish Aegean region, says environment and urbanization minister, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

***20:43

The death toll from the earthquake in Izmir has risen to 12 and the number of injured to 419, APA's local bureau reports.

***20:13

At least six people were killed and 257 others injured when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake jolted the city of Izmir on the Turkish Aegean on Friday, according to the nation’s disaster agency, APA reports.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the quake occurred at 2.51 p.m. local time (1151GMT) at a depth of 16.54 kilometers (around 10 miles).

At least 67 aftershocks, 13 of them over 4.0 magnitude, were recorded after the quake, the agency said.

Search and rescue work continues around 12 destroyed and damaged buildings in the city of some 4.37 million – Turkey’s third-largest city by population.

Over 50 vehicles and nearly 200 rescue workers were dispatched to the scene, the disaster agency added.

The Turkish Red Crescent also sent 48 staffers, 16 vehicles, and a mobile kitchen which has the capacity to serve over 25,000 people.

The rescue agency also said emergency aid of 5 million Turkish liras (around $600,000) was sent to the region by the Family, Labor and Social Services Ministry.

So far 70 people have been rescued from the debris, said Izmir Governor Yavuz Selim Kosger.

He added that there was a partial tsunami in the coastal district of Seferihisar, where at least one person was injured.

***19:08

Death toll from the earthquake in the Turkish city of Izmir has risen to six and the number of injured to 202, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.

***18:40

As a result of the earthquake in Turkey’s Izmir, the number of injured people has reached 152, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) disseminated information, APA’s Turkey bureau reports.

According to AFAD, search and rescue operations are underway in 12 buildings

Izmir mayor noted that destruction has been recorded in about 30 buildings.

***18:01

As a result of the earthquake occurred in Izmir 4 died, Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) disseminated information, APA’s Turkey bureau reports.

As a result of the earthquake 120 people injured.

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