Number of victims in earthquake on the increase

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said that the number of people who died as a result of the Elazığ earthquake increased to 31. HDP delegation visited earthquake victims.

The number of people who lost their lives in the 6.8 magnitude earthquake with epicentre in Sivrice, Elazığ is increasing.

Making a statement on the subject, Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced that the number of people who lost their lives in Elazığ and Malatya increased to 31.

AFAD also stated that 45 people were rescued from the debris. In Elazığ, Malatya, Maras, Amed, Urfa, Adiyaman and Batman, a total of 607 people were injured.

After the earthquake, 599 aftershocks occurred.

The following information were shared by AFAD in its statement:

 * 72 buildings destroyed

* 514 buildings heavily damaged

* 409 of the damaged buildings are moderately damaged

HDP delegation visited victims

Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputies Ayşe Acar Başaran, Şevin Coşkun, Erdal Aydemir and deputy co-chair of Local Administrations Salim Kaplan visited the earthquake victims in Elazığ.

The delegation visited the places where the people found shelter after the earthquake.

The HDP delegation informed the public that the 27 municipalities they visited were ready to support them and that they have started working to meet the needs of the victims.

The HDP delegation will today visit the families of those living in the city who have lost someone or have wounded relatives in hospitals.