Thousands evacuated in Turkey after earthquakes

Thousands evacuated in Turkey after earthquakes

The disaster management agency in Turkey said it had 11,342 reports of collapsed buildings, of which 5,775 had been confirmed. Turkey s ministry of transport and infrastructure said that over 3,400 people took shelter in trains that were used as emergency accommodation.

According to local media and Agence France-Presse, at least 20 people have been escaped from a jail holding members of Islamic State IS in north-west Syria in the wake of yesterday's earthquakes. A source at the facility said that the military police prison in the town of Rajo, near the Turkish border, had been damaged in the quakes and aftershocks, leading to a riot and escapes.

Two sites listed on the World Heritage List in Syria and Turkey sustained damage in the devastating earthquake, but the UN s cultural agency Unesco said on Tuesday it was ready to provide assistance. As well as the damage to the old city of Syria's Aleppo and the fortress in the south-eastern Turkish city of Diyarbak r, Unesco said at least three other world heritage sites could be affected.