(Reuters) - As
as 1,000 people were feared killed on Sunday when a powerful
earthquake hit southeast Turkey, destroying dozens of
trapping some victims alive under rubble.
survivors and emergency workers battled to pull people out
debris in the city of Van and town of Ercis, where a student
Residents in Van joined in a frantic search, using hands and
and working under floodlights and flashlights, hearing
survivors crying for help under mounds of shattered concrete
darkness and bitter cold.
"We heard cries and groaning from underneath the debris, we
waiting for the rescue teams to arrive," Halil Celik told
as he stood beside the ruins of building that had collapsed
"All of a sudden, a quake tore down the building in front of
All the bystanders, we all ran to the building and rescued
people from the ruins."