The death toll from a devastating earthquake in southeastern Turkey has risen to 471, while 1,650 people are reported injured, the country’s emergencies ministry said.
The previous casualty report said 460 people were killed and about 1,400 injured in the devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake. Early forecasts suggested that from 500 to 1,000 could be killed.
The earthquake rocked the Van province on Sunday afternoon, leaving more than 2,260 buildings collapsed. The tremor was the country’s worst since the 1999 quake that left at least 17,000 people dead in northwestern Turkey.
Search and rescue efforts continue in the area and the death toll is likely to rise as more bodies could be pulled out of the rubble, RIA Novosti reported.