Heavy snow hampered an international relief airlift to remote eastern Turkey on Sunday (28 November) threatening further tragedy for survivors of Wednesday's (24 November) devastating earthquake.
GV Totally destroyed village of Calidiran with refugee tents (3 shots)
SV Man clearing debris
TV Refugees in camp
SV Woman on road between Muradiye and Calidiran
SV Man digging rubble PAN TO other refugees in Muradiye
GV Women carrying water
Men carrying belongings from house
GV Makeshift shelter
SV & LV Villagers digging rubble (2 shots)
West Germany sent an advance group of aid workers to Turkey on Saturday to prepare the arrival of a 360-man unit equipped with 15 ambulances. The team includes 20 doctors. The United States is bringing in an airport system designed to handle a plane load of aid an hour. Iranian aircraft have been bringing in blankets and food and other help has been sent from Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and Holland.
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Background: Heavy snow hampered an international relief airlift to remote eastern Turkey on Sunday (28 November) threatening further tragedy for survivors of Wednesday's (24 November) devastating earthquake.
SYNOPSIS: The village of Calidiran, 60 miles (100 kms) from the provincial capital of Van was completely wiped out in the earthquake. Four thousand people are now reported dead in an area of 300 miles (500 kms). But many villages such as this, have yet to be searched an expanses of rubble combed for bodies. According to some people who have seen the are the death toll could be nearer 6,000. Cold and hunger are the major threats to the survivors.
The refugees have to use all their resources if they're to last the grim winter which lies ahead. At the moment they live under makeshift tents or blankets. The worst task the villagers face is finding the missing. Hundreds of bodies still lie under the vast expanses of mud and rubble which were once their houses.
Until relief arrives, he people have little to eat or drink. A series of minor tremors on Saturday (27 November) brought down damaged walls and caused a fire in Muradiye, the apparent centre of the quake. The ravaged communities lie between 6,000 to 6,500 feet (1,000 and 2,000 metres) above sea level across the hilly Anatolian Plateau which borders Iran.
The huge relief operation involving many countries is centred at Van's airport. But with only room for four aeroplanes at a time, it is a long process getting supplies to where they're desperately needed.