Rescuers had by November 2 recovered more than 1,300 bodies -- many of them from shattered buildings--after the major earthquake in north-eastern Turkey Military authorities said that heavy rain and snow had made rescue work difficult in the remote, mountainous area.
GV PAN Remains of buildings
GV PAN Veiled women entering tents on site of earthquake
SV PULL BACK TO GV PAN Wreckage (2 shots)
GV PAN Troops and rescue workers with mechanical digger, searching through wreckage, and uncovering a dead cow (2 shots)
SV PAN Dead children PAN TO Male relative crying
GV Corpses; people look for missing relatives as snow falls (6 shots)
GVs PULL BACK TO LVs Wrecked buildings (2 shots)
SV PAN Troops carrying dead baby in blanket, as rescue workers mill around
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Background: Rescuers had by November 2 recovered more than 1,300 bodies -- many of them from shattered buildings--after the major earthquake in north-eastern Turkey Military authorities said that heavy rain and snow had made rescue work difficult in the remote, mountainous area. The tremors brought many of the area's crude homes tumbling down on October 30. Several of the devastated villages were cut off by landslides, and some of them could only be reached on foot. More than 20,000 people were left homeless, and relief teams ferried thousands of blankets, tents, and food to the survivors. About 50 villages in an area of about 100 square kilometres north-east of Erzurum were flattened by the quake, said to be the worst in Turkey since the mid-1970s. Local officials said 22 villages in the district of Horasan suffered an average 70 per cent destruction--with up to 150 deaths in single villages of a few hundred inhabitants. Up to half the livestock in the area was killed. Rescue workers said a large proportion of those killed were women and children. This was because most of the men had already gone to work in the fields when the tremors started. Aftershocks jolted the stricken Erzurum and Kars regions late on November 1, causing two more deaths and adding to the panic of thousands of survivors sleeping in tents or in the open, in near freezing temperatures. Officials said it would be some time before the total death toll was known.