Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.11 / Trend, A. Taghiyeva /
A death toll as a result of the earthquake in the Turkish province of Van increased to 17 - rescuers pull dead bodies of four people out of the rubble on Friday morning, the Sabah newspaper reported.
To date, 28 people were rescued, State Emergency Situations Department said.
An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale jolted south-east Turkey on Wednesday evening.
The earthquake destroyed 25 buildings, including two hotels. No one lived in 22 buildings.
Most people died as a result of the collapse of a four-storey hotel "Bayram", where about 70 people, including representatives of the Turkish Red Cross Society and journalists stayed.
According to rescuers, about ten people, including two reporters of Turkish Dogan news agency can be under the rubble of the hotel. Rescue work continues.