Magnitude 6.8 quake rocks eastern province of Elazig killing at least 22 people and injuring more than 1000

A powerful earthquake claimed 22 lives and left more than 1,000 injured in eastern Turkey on January 24, 2020.

The magnitude 6.8 quake struck on Friday evening, with its epicentre in the small lakeside town of Sivrice in Elazig province, and was felt in neighbouring countries.    

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said 39 people have been rescued alive from collapsed buildings in Elazig province, with a further 22 people estimated to be trapped under the rubble. He said the death toll had risen to 22.

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