People try to identify bodies at an unknown location in Algeria on Wednesday. Hundreds were reported to have been killed.
ALGIERS, Algeria, May 22 ‚ÄĒ Rescue workers struggled to save survivors and international aid workers rushed to Algeria on Thursday after the most devastating earthquake in two decades struck near the capital, killing more than 1,000 people and injuring thousands.
THE 6.7-MAGNITUDE quake Wednesday night crumbled apartment houses, knocked down walls and toppled trees in the area east of Algiers. Weeping survivors walked amid debris and hospitals were choked with the injured. Many warned the death toll would increase.
‚ÄúUnfortunately we have not finished establishing these increasingly tragic figures,‚ÄĚ Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia said. ‚ÄúWhat is worrying is that there are still many under the rubble.‚ÄĚ
Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni reported that the preliminary death toll had climbed to 1,092 with a further 6,782 people injured, the nation‚Äôs state radio said.