A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake early Monday has killed more than 1,300 people in Turkey and northern Syria and set off a search for survivors amid the rubble of fallen buildings.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a news conference that Turkey had at least 912 deaths, with about 5,400 people injured. He said he could not predict how much higher those numbers will climb as search and rescue efforts continue and that at least 2,800 buildings had collapsed.
Syrian health officials said at least 326 people were killed in the government-held areas, while rescue workers said at least 100 others died in rebel-controlled areas.
Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said there were more than 20 aftershocks after the initial quake, which happened before dawn. He said the earthquake affected at least 10 provinces in Turkey and that he and other Cabinet members were going to those areas.
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