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    ANKARA (Sputnik) - The death toll from the earthquake in western Turkey has increased to 69 people, while the number of those injured has increased to 940, the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) announced on Sunday. The number previously stood at 60.

    "218 people continue receiving treatment at hospitals", the AFAD said in a statement.

    Meanwhile, Environment and Urbanisation Minister Murat Kurum said that more than 40 multi-storey buildings in Izmir have been completely destroyed or have become uninhabitable as a result of the earthquake.

    "A total of 2,234 buildings were explored after the earthquake. As many as 41 buildings were completely destroyed or seriously damaged, 1,041 buildings were partially damaged", Kurum told reporters.

    According to the minister, citizens whose houses have become uninhabitable will be paid compensation in the amount of $3,600, while relatives of the victims will receive $1,200.

    On Friday, the 6.6 earthquake took place in western Turkey, with its epicentre located in the Aegean Sea near the city of Seferihisar in the Izmir province. 

    Locals and officials search for survivors at a collapsed building after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday and was felt in both Greece and Turkey, where some buildings collapsed in the coastal province of Izmir, Turkey, October 30, 2020
    © REUTERS / TUNCAY DERSINLIOGLU
    Locals and officials search for survivors at a collapsed building after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday and was felt in both Greece and Turkey, where some buildings collapsed in the coastal province of Izmir, Turkey, October 30, 2020
    The earthquake also affected nearby Greek islands, including Samos, where two people died and 20 were injured. Greek seismologists estimated the earthquake's magnitude at 6.9.

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