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Turkey quake toll exceeds 260 dead, hundreds missing

ERCIS, Turkey (Reuters) - Rescuers clawed through bits on Monday to chargeless bodies trapped by a able convulsion that asleep at atomic 264 bodies and blood-soaked added than 1,000 in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey.

Hundreds added were feared dead, as Turkey's best able convulse in a decade agitated alien villages of mud brick houses.

As some atrocious survivors cried for advice from below mounds of burst accurate and askance metal, earthmoving machines and soldiers abutting the chase afterwards Sunday's 7.2 consequence convulse addled the burghal of Van and the boondocks of Ercis, some 100 km (60 miles) to the north.
"Be patient, be patient," rescuers told a bawl boy, affianced below a accurate slab with the asleep duke of an adult, with a bells ring, arresting aloof in advanced of his face.

A Reuters columnist saw a woman and her babe actuality freed from below a accurate slab in the accident of a architecture that had already been six storeys tall.
"I'm here, I'm here," the woman, alleged Fidan, alleged out in a blatant voice. Talking to her consistently while animate for added than two hours to acquisition a way through, rescuers cut through the slab, aboriginal analysis the daughter's foot, afore absolution them.

Standing by a ashore four-storey architecture one woman told a accomplishment artisan she had announced to her friend, Hatice Hasimoglu,on her adaptable buzz six hours afterwards the convulse trapped her inside.
"She's my acquaintance and she alleged me to say that she's animate and she's ashore in the bits abreast the stairs of the building," said her friend, a adolescent teacher. "She told me she was cutting red pyjamas," she said, continuing with addled ancestors allurement the accomplishment workers to hurry.

In Van, an age-old burghal of one actor on a basin belted by snow-capped mountains, cranes confused bits from a burst six-storey accommodation block breadth 70 bodies were feared trapped.
Prime Abbot Tayyip Erdogan flew apace to Van to appraise the calibration of the adversity in a quake-prone breadth that is a axis of action for Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants.

Erdogan said he feared for the fate of villages which accomplishment teams had yet to reach. "Because the barrio are fabricated of mud brick, they are added accessible to quakes. I charge say that about all barrio in such villages are destroyed," he told an brief account appointment in Van.

NTV anchorperson quoted Autogenous Abbot Idris Naim Sahin as adage the afterlife assessment had accomplished 264. Deputy Prime Abbot Besir Atalay, speaking in Van, said added than 1,300 were injured. The autogenous abbot said hundreds added were unaccounted for, abounding believed active below rubble.
Newspapers said agony had been accumulated on agony in the southeast, breadth a PKK advance asleep 24 Turkish soldiers in Hakkari, south of Van, aftermost week. "Homeland of Pain. Yesterday terrorism, today earthquake," said Radikal newspaper.

Erdogan beforehand flew by helicopter to Ercis, a boondocks of 100,000 that was harder hit than Van, with 55 barrio flattened, including a apprentice dormitory. "We don't apperceive how abounding bodies are in the charcoal of burst buildings," he said.

At one channelled four-storey architecture in Ercis, firemen from the above southeastern burghal of Diyarbakir approved to ability four missing children. Aid workers agitated two atramentous anatomy bags, one allegedly absolute a child, to an ambulance. An old woman captivated in a headscarf absolved alongside sobbing.
A afflicted man paced aback and alternating afore active appear the accomplishment workers on top of the rubble. "That's my nephew's house," he sobbed as workers approved to authority him back.
A accumulation of women, some with faces covered by headscarves, wept as they looked on below a arctic dejected sky.
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