1200 people hurt from Turkey earthquake

1200 people hurt from Turkey earthquake

The death toll from a strong earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey has climbed to 22, as rescue crews searched for people who remained trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, officials said, 9 News reports.

Speaking at a televised news conference near the epicenter of the quake in Elazig province, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said 18 people were killed in Elazig and four in neighboring Malatya.

Some 1103 people were injured, with 34 of them in intensive care but not in critical condition, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the funeral of a mother and son killed in the quake while visiting the hardest-hit areas. He warned people against repeating "negative" hearsay about the country being unprepared for earthquakes, 9 News informs.