The official death toll in the devastating earthquake which struck south-west Turkey yesterday (12 May) today reached 54, but agency reports put the figure at over 100, with searches still continuing in outlying villages.
TGV ZOOM IN Wrecked buildings.
CU Road sign "Burdur"
GV ZOOM IN Toppled building.
GV People walking in debris-strewn streets, some carrying belongings (2 shots)
CU Damaged building
SV Furniture carried from building.
SV Homeless people sitting in street.
SV More belongings out of houses.
GV ZOOM IN Woman searching in wrecked house.
GV Tented hospital
SV INT Patients being treated in hospital tent (2 shots)
TGV Coffins being carried past onlookers in Yazikoy Village (5 shots)
GV Part of damaged village.
Initials VS/1.02 VS/1.47
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Background: The official death toll in the devastating earthquake which struck south-west Turkey yesterday (12 May) today reached 54, but agency reports put the figure at over 100, with searches still continuing in outlying villages.
Centre of the quake, which registered eight on the Richter scale, was close to the mountain town of Burdur, some 370 miles (600 km) south-east of Istanbul, and only 185 miles (300 km) from Gediz, where 1,000 died in an earthquake in March last year.
The tremors struck at 0626 local time. At least 50 buildings in Burdur, a provincial capital of about 60,000 people, were destroyed. Five-storey brick buildings toppled into the street.
This film was shot for VISNEWS by the Turkish Haber Agency only hours after the earthquake, in Burdur and the village of Yazikoy, 11 miles (18 km) from Burdur.
SYNOPSIS: More than one hundred people are now feared to have died in the earthquake which shattered Burdur, a provincial capital in south-west Turkey early on Wednesday. With land communications cut, helicopters are being used to search outlying villages, and it may be some time before the full extent of the disaster is known.
A violent tremor, registering eight on the Richter scale, struck the region around Burdur shortly after six in the morning. It destroyed at least 50 buildings in the town, including the post office and the provincial governor's offices. At least 50 people in the town were killed, and many more injured or made homeless. Some refused to return home for fear of further tremors.
One woman was found scrambling in the ruins of her home searching for her child.
Burdur hospital was only slightly damaged, but could not cope with the number of injured, so an emergency ward was set up in a large tent. The casualties would have been much higher if the quake had struck before people left home for work.
More than thirty villages were seriously affected, one of the worst being Yazikoy, 11 miles from Burdur, where at least 25 people died. Appeals have been made for all available coffins, as well as for tents, blankets and food for the survivors. Most homes in the region are wood-framed and built of clay. Almost all the houses in Yazikoy were flattened.