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Turkey struggles to get aid to stricken villages

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The scale of destruction in the village of Guvencli is typical of the damage caused by the earthquake to several villages across southeastern Turkey.

It is almost impossible to tell looking at the many piles of rocks and rubble that around 150 houses once dotted the landscape.

Most have been destroyed and little is left of those remaining. Given the village is only 25 kilometres from the quake’s epicentre, it is amazing that only 15 of its 3,000 residents were killed.

One elderly resident told euronews: “All our homes have been destroyed. There are two dead and three injured from our family. For three days and three nights we’ve been sleeping outside. We don’t have water or bread and no food for the babies. It’s very hard.”

A young boy added: “We need everything, tents and jackets.”

Some aid is starting to get to those who badly need it. Food, water and medical supplies have been arriving but euronews reporter Bora Bayraktar in Guvencli says much more is needed.

“Aid is coming here from all over Turkey but with many roads destroyed or damaged, it’s difficult to distribute it to all the affected villages, and that’s raising concerns even more,” he says.