Rescuers in race against time as Turkey-Syria quake death toll passes 5,000
By Ece Toksabay
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- Death toll exceeds 3,400 in Turkey, at least 1,600 in Syria
- Bad weather hampers search efforts
- Thousands of children may have been be killed – UNICEF
- Nearly 6,000 buildings destroyed in Turkey – agency
ANTAKYA, Turkey, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Rescuers struggled to dig people out of the rubble of collapsed buildings on Tuesday in a “race against time” as the death toll from an earthquake across a wide area of Turkey and Syria passed 5,000.
The magnitude 7.8 quake – the deadliest in Turkey since 1999
– hit early on Monday and was followed by a second hours later.
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Thousands of buildings were toppled, hospitals and schools wrecked and tens of thousands of people were injured or left homeless in several Turkish and Syrian cities.
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A U.N. official said thousands of children may be among the dead.
Harsh winter weather hamper