The death toll in Turkey's second earthquake in II days today ( Monday ) continued to climb toward the one thousand mark as rescue teams probed the wreckage of villages and towns in the country's stricken Eastern area.
The death toll in Turkey's second earthquake in II days today ( Monday ) continued to climb toward the one thousand mark as rescue teams probed the wreckage of villages and towns in the country's stricken Eastern area. This first film out of the region was shot on Monday ( 23 May ).
Many of the villages in the area are still cut off from outside help and in the provincial capital of Bingol only one hundred and eight of the town's four thousand buildings were left standing.
Mobile field kitchens have been moved in the region, but appeals have gone out for more help to treat the earthquake survivors.
SYNOPSIS: Rescue workers and villagers are continuing with the grim task of recovering bodies from the wreckage caused by Turkey's second earthquake in eleven days. The death toll is rising steadily, and is now near the one-thousand mark. The destruction was the worst in the mountainous Bingol Province.
Thousands are homeless, as one eyewitness estimated tat over ninety percent of the houses had been destroyed in the town of Bingol, the provincial capital. One count showed a mere one-hundred and eighty of the four thousand buildings in the town of seventeen thousand people, still standing. Metin Dirimtekin, Governor of the Province, appealed for more tents, blankets, and padded quilts for the homeless.
The Governor put the known dead at nearly eight-hundred on Monday -- nearly four hundred in the town of Bingol itself and the remainder in more than thirty-two villages in the surrounding area. There are fears of heavy casualties in the villages still cut off. Supplies have been rushed in from neighbouring provinces, but the roads have been made treacherous by a heavy rain that has been falling since the earthquake struck on Saturday night.
With the arrival of the field kitchens, the people of Bingol are now able to have hot meals. Water purification is working but the supply of drinking water is critical. Teams of doctors have set up field hospitals and have begun an inoculation campaign to prevent the outbreak of disease.