Several dead in Turkey after earthquake hits Iran border area

At least nine people have been killed and 37 others injured in Turkey’s Van province following an earthquake early Sunday, the country’s health minister has said.

Nine of the injured are in serious condition, Fahrettin Koca said. Earlier, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said three of those killed were children, adding that some 1,066 buildings have collapsed.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority had begun rescue work, Soylu said.

“Search and rescue efforts are ongoing,” he said.

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