Snow adds to Turkey quake survivors' misery; toll hits 33

By REUTERS
November 12, 2011 17:18

 
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ISTANBUL - The first heavy snows of winter piled misery on thousands of earthquake survivors in eastern Turkey on Saturday as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visited the quake zone amid rising anger among homeless families over relief efforts.

Working in swirling snow, searchers in Van city pulled a man's body from the ruins of the five storey Hotel Bayram, bringing the toll to 33 after the latest quake to hit the city.

Rescuers have so far found 30 people alive after Wednesday's 5.7 magnitude tremor. Out of 22 buildings that collapsed, only two were occupied - both hotels - as most people had left their homes after a far bigger quake on Oct. 23.

Among the victims found since Friday evening were two journalists from Dogan News Agency, who had been staying at the Bayram Hotel to cover the aftermath of the 7.2 magnitude quake that struck Van province less than three weeks earlier.

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