The death toll rose to 29 people after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit eastern Turkey on Friday, according to Turkish officials. More than 1,200 people are injured. The quake hit at 8:55 p.m. in the Elazig province, where Gov. Cetin Oktay Kaldirim told NTV television that three people had died. Gov. Aydin Barus of the neighboring Malatya province told state TV that five people had been reported dead there. At least 225 people were injured in Elazig and 90 in Malatya. Several aftershocks followed the initial quake, with the harshest ones hitting magnitudes of 5.4 and 5.1. Some buildings collapsed in Elazig and one caught fire in the town of Sivrice. Some homes were severely damaged, and some residents feared returning to their homes in case of later shocks or collapses.

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