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Death toll from devastating earthquakes in Turkey rises to nearly 30,000

147,934 people evacuated from quake-hit areas

ANKARA, February 12. /TASS/. The death toll from the devastating earthquakes in Turkey has climbed to 29,605, Turkey’s disaster and emergency management authority said on Sunday.

According to the authority, as many as 147,934 people have been evacuated from quake-hit areas to other Turkish provinces.

A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake rocked Turkey’s Kahramanmaras province, located in the country’s southeast, on February 6. The tremors, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, were felt in ten provinces as well as in neighboring countries, including Syria.