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Woman rescued 67 hours after quake in eastern Turkey

(Xinhua)

17:40, October 26, 2011

ANKARA, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- A woman was pulled out of debris alive 67 hours after a massive earthquake hit the province of Van in eastern Turkey on Wednesday, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported .

Gozde Bahar, a 27-year-old teacher, was rescued in Ercis town of Van thanks to efforts of search and rescue teams, according to the report.

Bahar was taken to Van Training and Research Hospital by an ambulance helicopter, said the report.

The Turkish Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) said on Tuesday that the death toll had reached 459 and the number of the injured was 1,352, with 2,262 buildings demolished.

Nearly 3,346 search and rescue personnel were dispatched to the region, AFAD said.

Hundreds of others are believed to be trapped under rubbles and rescue work is ongoing, Turkish NTV reported on Tuesday.

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake, which occurred Sunday afternoon, led to the collapse of about 80 multi-story buildings in Ercis, a town of 75,000 people close to the Iranian border. The region is among Turkey's most earthquake-prone zones.

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