Turkish quake survivors camp out, plead for tents

October 25, 2011 02:42

ERCIS, Turkey - Tens of thousands of people spent a second night under canvas, in cars or huddled round small fires in towns rattled by aftershocks from a massive earthquake in eastern Turkey that killed hundreds.

By late Monday the death toll from Sunday's quake had crept up to 279, but hundreds more were still missing.

Casualties were concentrated in the town of Ercis and the provincial capital Van, with officials still checking and confirming fatalities in outlying villages.

"It was like the judgment day," said Mesut Ozan Yilmaz, 18, who survived for 32 hours under the rubble of a tea house where he had been passing time with friends.

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