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Battle to reach Turkey quake victims

Rescue teams are desperately searching for people trapped under rubble after a strong earthquake hit Turkey's eastern Van region on Sunday.

More than 200 people died and 1,000 were injured in the 7.2 magnitude quake, many of them in the town of Ercis, where dozens of buildings fell.

Tens of thousands have been sleeping outside in freezing conditions.

The BBC's David O'Byrne said that rescue teams had still not been able to reach some areas.

  • 24 Oct 2011
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