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Death toll rises to 25 following a gigantic earthquake in Turkey on Friday morning



The death toll from a huge earthquake in Turkey on Friday has risen to 25 as search and rescue operations continue.

Twenty-five people were killed and at least 804 injured when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake shook the Turkish Aegean coast of Izmir on Friday, the Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) said early Saturday.

At least 743 people were injured in Izmir, five in Manisa and five in Balikesir and 54 in Aydin.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 435 people were being treated, 25 were in the intensive care unit and nine were undergoing surgery.

Speaking during the media briefing, he said about 364 had been discharged from hospitals after completing treatment, and that medical and rescue teams were continuing to work in Izmir to “alleviate the pain”.

At least 389 aftershocks were recorded, 33 more than 4.0 magnitude, according to AFAD.

Search and rescue operations have been completed in eight buildings in Izmir, Turkey’s third-largest city, and work is underway on nine others, said Environment and Urban Development Minister Murat Kurum, who said damage assessment work has begun in public buildings.

AFAD reported that the quake occurred at 2.51. local time (1151GMT) at a depth of 16.54 kilometres (10 miles).

It said one of the causes of death was drowning.

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