Continue the rescue work. And the death toll is approaching 300.
Rescuers were digging through the rubble yesterday to try to save people trapped in Van, the Turkish city most damaged Sunday by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale. The earthquake affected the whole country east of the 264 deaths caused so far and thousands wounded , according to the Turkish interior minister, Idris Naim Sahin. But it is estimated that the casualties could become 1,000.
The official death toll is still low, but we know that many people in the vicinity of Van are completely destroyed, so that number is destined to grow.
They also housed a large number of refugees from Iran and Afghanistan , many of them illegal residents, who escaped the reality of their own countries.
Yesterday, Maras Caddesi Avenue, ambulances trying to wade through traffic to get in front of a building totally collapsed and reduced to a heap of rubble.
“There were six floors plus a terrace,” said a man at the scene. From there, hours before, remember, were taken alive at least five people.
In the work place three cranes, one excavator and two trucks. On the pile of rubble operates half a dozen men in fluorescent orange pants and shirts, but there are people in civilian digs with his hands.
On the outskirts of Van, a soccer field filled with tents of Red Crescent . The army works as ercise, another eastern city most affected by the earthquake. The entire area is already working Caritas Italy, Caritas via Turkey, to assist populations.