Turkey ends search for survivors at hotel

The building was one of two hotels that collapsed in a 5.7-magnitude quake that struck the city of Van on Wednesday.

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2011, 19:12 PM IST

Ankara: The state-run news agency says authorities have ended efforts to find anyone else alive in the rubble of an earthquake-shattered hotel in eastern Turkey.

A news agency said search and rescue operations at the Bayram Hotel were declared finished on Sunday.

The building was one of two hotels that collapsed in a 5.7-magnitude quake that struck the city of Van on Wednesday. Search efforts at the other hotel ended two days ago.

Turkey`s disaster management agency put the death toll at least 39.

The victims included journalists and relief workers who had rushed to the area in the aftermath of a more powerful quake that struck the same area last month.

Bureau Report