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Saturday, 20 November, 1999, 23:49 GMT
Turkish quake: Bulldozers move in
Worshippers gather outside a destroyed mosque at Kaynasli

Bulldozers have started to clear away the wreckage of Turkey's earthquake last week, a day after the search for survivors was called off.

Turkey Earthquake
The official number of those killed by the quake has risen sharply to 705 - an increase of almost 100 since Friday.

All foreign rescue teams are reported to have left the country, or to be on the point of doing so.

The earthquake, which measured 7.2 on the Richter scale, hit the north-west of the country on 12 November.

The effect of the earthquake
705 people killed
More than 5,000 injured
80,000 people left homeless
750 buildings destroyed
Gerhard Putman Cramer the UN co-ordinator in Druzce, the town worst hit by the quake, told the Turkish news agency that his team had concluded the first part of their mission - the search and rescue operation.

Attention has now turned to the relief and clean-up operation, aimed particularly at providing shelter for victims of the quake.

Freezing conditions

Homeless survivors are struggling to keep warm in freezing weather.

The government is having difficulties in supplying tents for all 80,000 homeless.

Survivors gather what they can in the wreckage
More than 24,500 tents have been sent to the region, according to the government crisis centre.

State Minister Hasan Gemici said that Turkey could afford to purchase more tents, but the government was having trouble finding any after providing more than 100,000 temporary shelters to people left homeless by an even deadlier quake in August that killed some 20,000 people.

Click here to see a map of Turkey's tectonic plate movements

The region has suffered numerous aftershocks.

Turkish reports say an aftershock measuring five on the Richter scale struck near Druzce. It was felt in Istanbul and the capital Ankara.

A lesser tremor measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit early on Saturday morning in the western town of Canakkale.

No further deaths or injuries were reported, although several damaged buildings collapsed.

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