In Turkey, Death toll rises to 29 and over 1,500 injured in earthquake

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In Turkey, the death toll from a powerful earthquake in eastern Elazig province has risen to 29 as rescue workers raced against time to find survivors under the rubble. Turkish government’s disaster and emergency management agency said 29 were killed in Elazig and in nearby Malatya while nearly 1,500 had been injured. Disaster and Emergency Management Agency said 43 people had been rescued alive from collapsed buildings in Elazig. The rescue efforts have been taking place in freezing temperatures as wood and plastic were burned to keep crowds warm. Officials said the 6.8 magnitude quake, centered on the town of Service, caused buildings to collapse and sent residents rushing into the street were also felt in neighboring Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

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