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Earthquake death toll rises in Turkey

Earthquake death toll rises in Turkey
Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 9:11am

The death toll from sunday's powerful earthquake in Turkey has topped 500. Recovery and rescue operations are in their fourth day after sunday's 7.2 magnitude quake. Government officials say the death toll has climbed to 534. At least 2300 people were hurt and 185 have been rescued, but as time drags on and temperatures drop, the hopes for finding more victims alive is rapidly fading.

The temperature dipped to 39 degrees fahrenheit, and the scene turned ugly at a distribution center for tents. Hundreds of residents gathered at the center shouted at police, saying the tent distribution program wasn't working. But in the capital Ankara it was a happier scene when government officials visited little baby Azra and her mother in the hospital. The two were pulled alive from the wreckage of an apartment building two days after the quake, along with the baby's grandmother. Little Azra has been declared to be healthy.


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