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Quake death toll rises to 22 in Turkey

ANKARA, Jan 25 (KUNA) -- The death toll from Friday's powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey has risen to 22, said Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu Saturday.
The earthquake killed 18 people in Elazig and four others in the city Malatya, the Turkish Anadolu News Agency quoted Soylu as saying in a statement.
For his part, Turkish Health Minister Fakhruddin Kuja said, citing Anadolu Agency, that hospitals received 1031 injured people, including 34 people undergoing treatment in intensive care units.
Search and rescue teams continue to search for missing persons under the rubble due to the earthquake that struck Elazig yesterday.
The quake of a 6.5 magnitude on the Richter scale was felt by residents of several cities in eastern and southeastern Turkey in addition to areas in northern Syria. (end) rs.aa