Last Sunday, Turkey was struck by a 7,2 magnitude quake in the Richter scale. This is the most powerful seism that has affected the land in a decade. The natural phenomena left a death toll of 279 casualties, and a 1,000 more were injured in the Kurdish southeast of Turkey.
The seism toppled remote villages of mud brick houses; survivors in the city of Van and the town of Ercis were rescued by the efforts of troops and rescue teams. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan arrived to Van to measure the disaster, afterwards his deputy, Besir Ataly, informed that more than 1,300 people were wounded.
The Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin added that hundreds of people are believed to be buried under the rubble. In the town of Ercis, 55 buildings collapsed. (AV)