Reports says 21 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured in a powerful earthquake of .6.8 magnitude quake, centered on the town of Sivrice in Elazig province, in eastern Turkey
Eye witnesses said the quake caused buildings to collapse and sent residents rushing into the street with Tremors also felt in neighbouring Syria, Lebanon and Iran.
The Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (Afad), said there were more than 200 aftershocks recorded after the earthquake.
It said more than 400 rescue teams are heading towards the region, along with beds and tents for those displaced. It warned people not to return to damaged buildings in case of aftershocks.
Afad said that 17 people had died in Elazig province, while the official count in Malatya is four. The governor or Malatya, however, earlier said that six people had died there.
The Turkish Red Crescent has also dispatched hundreds of personnel with emergency supplies, it explained that Sivrice, is a town of about 4,000 people, also a popular tourist spot on the shore of Hazar lake, the source of the river Tigris.