Rain and snow hampering rescue efforts in Turkey

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Rain and snow hampering rescue efforts in Turkey

Rescuers are battling heavy rain and snow as they race against the clock to find survivors of a devastating earthquake in south-east Turkey.

At least 3,500 people were killed in Turkey and over the border in Syria when the quake struck in the early hours of Monday.

The World Health Organisation has warned the toll could increase by eight times as rescuers find more victims.

Many people in the disaster zone are too scared to return to buildings.

The 7.8 magnitude tremor struck at 04:17 (01:17 GMT) on Monday at a depth of 17.9km (11 miles) near the city of Gaziantep, according to the US Geological Survey.

Seismologists say it was one of the largest ever recorded in Turkey. Survivors say it took two minutes for the shaking to stop.

A later tremor had a magnitude of 7.5, and its epicentre was in the Elbistan district of Kahramanmaras province.

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