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Turkish students concerned for those in quake zone

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

The death toll from Sunday's 7.2 earthquake in Turkey continues to rise. Officials say more than 270 were killed when the quake hit.

On Monday, rescuers pulled at least five people from the rubble including one women who'd been trapped for 27 hours. The rescue efforts have been slowed by widespread power outages.

Help is pouring in from around the world, more than 5,000 tents and 11,000 blankets were given out to people made homeless by the quake.

As the recovery effort continues, the pains of the earthquake in Turkey are felt by some in the Heartland.

The streets of Carbondale are a long way from student Duygu Kilic's home of Istanbul. But with Facebook and the internet, Kilic is still not far from the tragedy in Turkey.

"One of my friends had posted I hope your family is doing well in this tragedy," Kilic said. "I didn't know what she was talking about, she didn't name the earthquake. So I to a Turkish website and learned, oh my god, there's been an earthquake."

Kilic's says her family in Istanbul is fine. But Kilic adds she's concerned about friends who live in the area where the quake struck, more than 1,000 miles away, on the eastern side of the country.

"I don't know what happened to them and I asked my mom," Kilic said. "She said she is going to call the parents and see if they are fine."

Meanwhile, Mustufa Dagoglu says he learned of the earthquake through Turkish news websites.  

"I was looking at the news websites and it caught my eye and it was sad," Dagoglu said.

Dagoglu, like Kilic, is also from large city of Istanbul. Still he says he feels for his fellow countryman in the middle of the disaster.

"I'm kinda very sad about what happened in there and all those incident people who got killed or injured," Dagoglu said. "I wish it never happened."

But as rescue teams continue to search for survivors, Kilic fears the death toll will rise. Which Kilic says is even more reason to keep the people of Turkey in your thoughts.     

"That's very important, keeping those people in our prayers, whether you are Turkish or not, because you are human beings," Kilic said.  

In all, the tragedy there is still some hope. Recently a ringing cell phone lead rescue crews to a group of four people, including two children.

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