Fresh tremors shook eastern Turkey's border with Iran and the Soviet Union on Thursday (25 November), as rescue teams fought rain, snow and sub-zero temperatures to find survivors of Wednesday's (24 November) massive earthquake.
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Background: Fresh tremors shook eastern Turkey's border with Iran and the Soviet Union on Thursday (25 November), as rescue teams fought rain, snow and sub-zero temperatures to find survivors of Wednesday's (24 November) massive earthquake.
SYNOPSIS: Entire villages were wiped out in the remote province of Van and estimates indicate that up to 4,000 people may have been killed. Although the latest tremors reported by the Turkish Meteorological Office did not add to the devastation, they hampered the efforts of troops and local volunteers working on the rescue operations.
It was the worst earthquake in the area for nearly 40 years - with death toll predictions ranging from 2,400 to 4000 - with almost as many injured. Tens of thousands of people have been made homeless by the rolling earthquake, which was felt over an area nearly 500 kilometres (300 miles) wide. The deputy governor of Van province has reported that over 100 villages have been destroyed.
According to Turkish Radio the Governor said that in one village only two survivors were found among 70 collapsed homes. Bewildered flocks of farm animals were left to fend for themselves in the bleak and bitterly cold countryside....but they at least had the protection of their familiarity with life in the open. It was a different story for the people. Thousands shivered through the night after the earthquake protected only by make shift shelters and tents.
Last year the people of Lice, also in eastern Turkey experienced the bitter hardship of losing friends, homes, family and possessions in the harsh reality of a massive earthquake and its aftermath. Now the people of Van are suffering similar distress as rescue workers bring out the bodies from beneath crushed buildings. The epicentre of the Van quake was at Muradiye, some 900 kilometres (600 miles east of Ankara, where at least 2,000 people were feared killed and over 1,000 injured.
Muradiye is the largest town in the stricken area, with a population of about 6,000. It lies amid the mountains jutting from the rocky plateau of Asia Minor, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Iranian border. In Teheran, Iranian authorities have reported that 14 villages have been destroyed near the border with Turkey and the Soviet Union, but there have been no reports from Moscow about earthquake damage on the Soviet side of the border. Many of the more seriously injured Turks are being flown to Ankara, while others are being treated either in Van town or at a mobile Red Crescent hospital in Muradiye.