ERCIS, Turkey (AP) -- Thousands of people have spent a second night outdoors in near-freezing conditions in eastern Turkey, afraid to return to their homes following a deadly earthquake that has been followed by hundreds of aftershocks.
Searchers are picking through the ruins in the cities of Ercis and Van in hopes of finding more survivors. The Dogan news agency says rescuers pulled five people out of the rubble alive in the early hours of Tuesday.
Volunteer Mahir Yatagan says his search and rescue organization, AKUT, is still hoping to receive phone calls or text messages from people trapped in the debris.
The death toll from Sunday's earthquake currently stands at 279, with 1,300 injured.