Turkey ends earthquake rescue mission

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Turkey ends earthquake rescue mission

This handout picture released by the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) shows a rescue worker conforting a 3-year-old girl, Ayda Gezgin, trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building after an earthquake in the Aegean port city of Izmir, on November 3, 2020. - Rescue workers were searching eight buildings in Izmir despite dwindling hope for survivors, as the death toll of a powerful magnitude earthquake which hit western Turkey rose to 69. The 7.0-magnitude quake has also injured 896 in Turkey, the Turkish emergency authority AFAD said, after striking on October 30, afternoon near the west coast town of Seferihisar in Izmir province. (Photo by - / Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD)" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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The Turkish disaster agency AFAD says the earthquake left 114 people dead and more than 1,000 injured

Turkey on Wednesday, November 4, called off its search and rescue mission, 5 days after a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea, killing 116 people in western Turkey and Greece.

The magnitude 7 earthquake struck on Friday, October 30, off the Turkish town of Seferihisar, becoming the deadliest disaster in Turkey in nearly 10 years.

The Turkish disaster agency AFAD said on Wednesday 114 people had died and more than 1,000 were injured. Two teenagers were also killed in Greece.

“The work of search and rescue teams has been completed. We thank every worker and volunteer who contributed. We offer our most heartfelt gratitude,” AFAD chief Mehmet Gulluoglu tweeted.

Their work had been closely followed across Turkey, with many people glued to their screens as children – including two little girls – were rescued days after the earthquake in the worst affected town of Bayrakli.

Ayda Gezgin, aged 3, was rescued Tuesday, November 3, nearly 4 days after the earthquake. But hours later, the body of her mother, Fidan, 38, was removed from underneath the rubble.

Fidan was laid to rest on Wednesday as her son, Atakan, said an emotional farewell, Milliyet daily reported.

Dozens of buildings were heavily damaged or collapsed after the earthquake, while many more suffered lighter damage.

Thousands of families were forced to take shelter in tents out of fears of aftershocks, with food, blankets and water provided by local municipalities.

Turkey is a seismically active area and Istanbul lies near a major fault line. A magnitude 7.4 earthquake that struck 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of the city killed 17,000 people in 1999.

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the eastern province of Elazig and Malatya in January, killing more than 40 people. – Rappler.com

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