Turkey ends search for survivors at hotel

Turkey ends search for survivors at hotel

ANKARA - The Associated Press
Turkey ends search for survivors at hotel

Turkish rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Van, Turkey, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. AP Photo

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.

The Anatolia 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 at least 39.

The victims included two journalists from Doğan News Agency (DHA), Sebahattin Yılmaz and Cem Emir, who were laid to rest in their hometowns today and relief workers who had rushed to the area in the aftermath of a more powerful quake that struck the same area last month.