Turkey earthquake death toll reaches 523 people
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 27 / Trend T.Konyayeva/
The death toll as a result of the devastating earthquake, which hit the Turkish southeast Van Province on Oct. 23, has reached 523 people, the TRT Channel reported.
Previously, 481 people were reported to die as a result of tremors, which forced 7.2 on the Richter scale.
Local seismologists predict that the death toll can climb to 500-1,000 people.
As many as 970 buildings or about a third of the total buildings collapsed in the city of Ercis, which was mostly hit by the quake according to the government's emergency committee.
Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Germany also delivered aid, despite Ankara's announcement that it would deal with the crisis alone.