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Turkey earthquake 2011 death toll rises

A desperate rescue operation is continuing today in a bid to contain the death toll following a powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey.

The 7.2 magnitude tremor devastated parts of Van province in the east of the country, collapsing hundreds of buildings into piles of twisted steel and chunks of concrete.

The worst hit area was Ercis, a town of 75,000 close knock off bulgari serpenti bracelet to the Iranian border in one of Turkey's most earthquake prone zones, where more than 100 buildings have collapsed.

Grief stricken: A man weeps as he holds the body of his young daughter, during a makeshift burial at a cemetery in Ercis, one of the hardest hit cities

Sources say 272 have been confirmed killed and more than 1,300 injured, but officials estimate that

the death toll could rise further as a result of low housing standards

in the area and the size of the quake.

Ten of the victims were students learning about the Quran at a religious school that collapsed.

But Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said search efforts there were winding down. He said he expected the death toll in Ercis to rise, but not as substantially as the 1,000 plus figure initially feared.

He added: 'As the rescue work progresses, there is a possibility of the Ercis death toll increasing but the figures are not likely to be scary numbers. There could be around 100 people [in the rubble]. But we are not talking about thousands.'

Emergency staff in Ercis have been forced to treat injured people outdoors as hospital buildings were badly damaged.

Tens of thousands have been sleeping outside in freezing conditions.

Serpil Bilici said: 'We stayed outdoors all night, I could

not sleep at all. My children, especially the little bvlgari bracelet snake leather copy one, was

terrified. I grabbed her and rushed out when the quake hit, we were all screaming.'

The tragic loss of so many lives has been accompanied by amazing tales of survival.

Yalcin Akay was dug from a collapsed six storey building with a leg injury after he called a police emergency line copy bvlgari bracelet snake leather on his phone and described his location.

Three other people, including two children, were also rescued from the same building in the city of Ercis some 20 hours after the quake struck, officials said.

Later, a 21 year old woman, Tugba Altinkaynak, was rescued after being trapped beneath rubble for some 27 hours.

Left with nothing: A man stands on what is left of his home in Van. The rescue operation is only the start of what will a massive aid effort in the region

More than 200 aftershocks have rattled the region, hampering knock off bvlgari serpenti bracelet rescue work and keeping residents from returning to their homes.

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