Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived on the site of the deadly earthquake in Elazig on Saturday, and made a statement to the press during which he offered his condolences to the victims.
«We have over a thousand injured. They are in hospitals, however the number of people in intensive care is quite little, and they are being taken care of,» he said.
The Turkish President added that... Еще rescue operations are underway, with the help of dogs and listening devices.
«We are in an effort to hopefully reach out to our people, injured or alive. May our dead rest in peace, I wish a good recovery to our injured. And I especially thank the display of solidarity from our people.»
«My condolences to our people, and I wish a lot patience to the families of our brothers who died.»
Twenty-two people have lost their lives in the earthquake, according to a number communicated by Erdogan.
The earthquake struck near the town of Sivrice AT 8:55 pm local time (17:55 GMT) in the eastern province of Elazig where at least ten buildings collapsed. The earthquake was reportedly felt in nearby countries like Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.