Earthquake in Turkey kills 217, death count still rising

An angry 7.2 magnitude  earthquake hit Southeast Turkey early morning last Sunday, leaving hundreds, and possible thousands feared dead as a joint coup between survivors... More Below... Posted by on Oct 24th, 2011 and filed under News, World.

An angry 7.2 magnitude  earthquake hit Southeast Turkey early morning last Sunday, leaving hundreds, and possible thousands feared dead as a joint coup between survivors and emergency workers struggle to rescue victims from the sea of debris and rubble.

Death count was initially numbered at 117, now at least 217 were tallied to have died in the aftermath according to Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin, reported by the Anatolian News agency.

Death toll is still expected rise after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters that somewhere close to 55 buildings went down in Ecris on the north shore of Lake Van, while the Turkish Red Crescent reported that some 25 apartment buildings and student dormitory collapsed in the town.

A seven-story building had also collapsed in Kazim Karabekir street, in the city of Van, an ancient city on a lake ringed by snow by snow-capped mountains with a population close to a million, the Anatolian news agency said.

The freezing weather isn’t helping either as residents in Van made efforts using hands and shovels, to look follow cries of help from survivors buried alive under the torn concrete.