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Earthquake: death toll rises to 912 in Turkey and 326 in Syria

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Turkey on Monday has left 912 people dead and at least 5,385 injured in Turkey, and 326 dead and 1,042 injured in Syria, according to official sources.

The death toll from Monday’s powerful earthquake in southeastern Turkey has risen to 912 and at least 5,385 injured, according to figures released by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to him, 2,818 buildings have collapsed, raising the prospect of even higher death tolls in addition to the hundreds in neighbouring Syria.

An earlier report by Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay put the death toll at 284 and at least 2,323 injured.

In Syria, the death toll rose to 326 and 1,042 injured, according to the Syrian Health Ministry, quoted by the Syrian news agency Sana.

In an earlier report, the Ministry of Health reported 237 dead and 639 injured.

The victims were reported in Aleppo, the second largest Syrian city in the north of the country, as well as in Hama (centre) and Lattakia and Tartus, on the Mediterranean coast.

The epicentre of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake was located in the Pazarcik region, in the province of Kahramanmaras, in southern Turkey.

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