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Death toll in Turkey's earthquake surpasses 40

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-11-01 13:58

Houses are damaged by an earthquake in Samos, Greece, Oct 30, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

ISTANBUL -- The death toll in a strong earthquake that hit Turkey's western province of Izmir has increased to 42, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority of Turkey (AFAD) said on Sunday morning.

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the Aegean Sea off Turkey's province of Izmir on Friday, and at least 885 people were injured in the tremor, according to Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca's announcement on Saturday.

Rescue operations are continuing nonstop to reach more survivors trapped in the ruins.

Up to 5,000 personnel and 20 search and rescue dogs have been taking part in the works across the province, said a statement released by the AFAD on early Saturday.

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