The death toll from the earthquake that rocked Turkiye's Sanliurfa reached 76, APA's Istanbul correspondent reports citing the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) of Turkiye.
At least 440 were injured as a result of the earthquake.
At least 51 people were killed in a 7.4-magnitude earthquake in southeastern Türkiye on Monday, APA reports.
This is evidenced by information from the governors of the disaster-affected provinces of Diyarbakir, Malatya, Osmaniye, and Sanliurfa.
A strong earthquake completely destroyed three high-rise residential buildings in the southern Turkish city of Adana, Zeidan Karalar, the city's mayor, said on the Haberturk TV channel, APA reports.
"Three residential buildings were completely destroyed, including ones with 17 and 14 stories. Rescuers have yet to approach them. There have been no losses so far "he stated.
At least 10 people were killed in Türkiye after an earthquake shook the country’s south and also northern Syria, two local Turkish officials said, APA reports citing the Guardian.
The strong earthquake of magnitude 7.8 struck early on Monday and was also felt in Cyprus and Lebanon, collapsing buildings and sending residents into the snowy streets, witnesses and broadcasters said.
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) said the quake struck at a depth of 10km (6 miles) near the southern Turkish city of Kahramanmaras, while the EMSC monitoring service said the chance of a tsunami risk was being evaluated.
The tremor lasted about a minute and shattered windows, according to a Reuters witness in Diyarbakir, 350km (218 miles) to the east.
Broadcasters TRT and Haberturk showed images of people gathered around wrecked building in Kahramanmaras, seeking survivors.
The governor of Türkiye’s south-eastern province of Sanliurfa province, Salih Ayhan, said on Twitter, “we have destroyed buildings” and urged people to move to safe locations.
Türkiye’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) put the magnitude of the quake at 7.4 near Kahramanmaras and the larger city of Gaziantep – one of Türkiye’s key industrial and manufacturing hubs – close to the Syrian border.
The president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, tweeted his “best wishes” to citizens affected by the earthquake which was “felt in many parts of our country”.
“Our search and rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the areas affected,” he wrote.
The head of the Turkish Red Cross said it was mobilising resources for the region as it had received information of serious damage and collapsed buildings, and urged people to evacuate damaged homes.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 rocked off Turkiye's Kahramanmaraş province, APA reports citing NTV.
The area is still experiencing aftershocks.