As rescue efforts continue, the death toll from the powerful earthquake which struck eastern Turkey has risen to 31.
Officials disclosed this on Sunday, January 26, 2020, revealing that the magnitude 6.8 quake hit on Friday evening, January 24, 2020, with its epicentre in the small Lakeside town of Sivrice in Elazig province but also affected neighbouring cities and countries.
The Turkish Government’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency said 31 people died, the majority in Elazig but at least four in nearby Malatya, and 1,607 were injured.
According to AFAD reports, rescuers scrambled all of Saturday and searched to rescue people alive from under the rubble on Sunday with the latest individuals rescued numbering four.
The Agency said in a statement that nearly 80 buildings collapsed while 645 were heavily damaged in Elazig and Malatya.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised on Saturday that Turkey’s Housing Agency TOKI would “do whatever is necessary and make sure no one is left without a home”.