Relief workers dragged a hundred more bodies from the rubble of the devastated town of Lice in Eastern Turkey on Monday (8 September), as the death toll from Saturday's earthquake rose to two thousand.
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Background: Relief workers dragged a hundred more bodies from the rubble of the devastated town of Lice in Eastern Turkey on Monday (8 September), as the death toll from Saturday's earthquake rose to two thousand.
Health officials struggling to avert disease and chaos said that 750 deaths had been confirmed in Lice, including the battered and decomposing bodies recovered on Monday. Officials also said that 750 others had died in nearby villages, and the death toll would grow. They did not give an estimate of the final death-toll.
In one village, 110 people - one third of the population - had died. Relief workers said it would take years for all the bodies to be recovered. During the night they distributed tents, bread and watermelons. The health officials said that chlorine-treated water had been brought from outside and these who had drunk town water had been vaccinated against cholera.
A convoy of trucks from the Turkish Red Crescent relief organisation arrived on Monday, and it was expected that the organisation would provide one meal a day for four thousand of Lice's inhabitants. Before the earthquake, the town had 8,000 people. Many of the survivors have left.
Prime Minister Suleyman Domirel flew by helicopter to Lice on Sunday with other ministers and police chiefs, and later visited some of the injured being treated in hospital in Diyorbakir, southwest of Lice. The leader of the Opposition, Mr. Bulent Ecevit, also flew to the town by helicopter. He arrived shortly after the Prime Minister. Later both men returned to the capital.