Death toll from Izmir quake rises to 44

Baku, November 1, AZERTAC

Turkey's death toll from an earthquake rose Sunday to 44, according to the country's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

The agency said as of 8.15 a.m. local time (0510GMT) Sunday, there have been 833 aftershocks, with 40 more powerful than magnitude-4.0.

Search and rescue activities continue in the coastal Aegean province of Izmir after the magnitude-6.6 quake jolted the region Friday, leaving at least 896 people wounded.

A total of 667 victims have been discharged from hospitals, while 229 are still under treatment.

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