At least 22 people were killed and more than 1,000 people injured in an earthquake in Turkey.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said at a press conference that 39 people had already been rescued from the rubble after buildings collapsed, including a woman rescued 14 hours after the original earthquake.
The quake occurred at 20:55 (local time) on Friday evening at a depth of 6.7 km near Sivrice, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said. Several monitoring centers said the earthquake was between 6.5 and 6.8. Afad said this was followed by 228 aftershocks, the strongest of which was between 5.1 and 5.4.
Rescuers are still looking for people trapped under the rubble, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca added.
Emergency workers and security forces distributed tents, beds and blankets while temperatures dropped below freezing overnight. Mosques, schools, sports halls and residences have opened their doors to hundreds of people who have been left homeless.
“The earthquake was very severe. We desperately ran out of our home, ”Emre Gocer told the state-run Anadolu News Agency. He is currently hiding with his family at a gym in Sivrice. “We do not currently have a safe place to stay.”
At least five buildings in Sivrice and 25 in Malatya were destroyed, said Environment Minister Murat Kurum. Hundreds of other structures were damaged and declared unsafe.