Toll in Turkey quake rises to 459

October 26th, 2011 - 8:32 am ICT by IANS  

Ankara, Oct 26 (IANS) The toll from Sunday’s powerful earthquake in Turkey has risen to 459. At least 1,352 other people were injured, the Disaster and Emergency Administration said.

The earthquake led to the collapse of about 80 multi-storeyed buildings in Ercis, a town of 75,000 people close to the Iranian border.

A total of 3,346 search and rescue personnel have been dispatched to the quake-hit province of Van in southeastern Turkey, Xinhua reported.

A two-week-old baby was rescued from the rubble in Ercis district of Van province Tuesday, almost two days after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake, local newspaper Today’s Zaman reported.

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