Turkey: Greek couple found dead beneath rubble of home

'Antakya is finished': Earthquake leaves thousands homeless in Turkey

A Greek couple missing since the devasting earthquake in Turkey on Tuesday has been found dead beneath the rubble of their apartment building, according to public broadcaster ERT.

The couple, who were in their 60s, lived in Antakya, historically known as Antioch, in Hatay, the southernmost province of Turkey.

ERT said Turkish rescuers found the body of the man first and that of his Syrian-born wife some time later.

The confirmed death toll from the deadliest quake in the region in two decades stood at more than 22,000 across southern Turkey and northwest Syria four days after it hit.

The Turkish town of Antakya is one of the worst cities hit by Monday's earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria.

Rescue workers and firefighters are using diggers to move the rubble and retrieve survivors from the dozens of buildings that collapsed.

Even if a building is still standing, Turkish authorities are telling residents not to return to their homes because they may have been compromised and damaged due to the strong tremors.

Beside the search operations, hundreds of people are camped out on the streets, now homeless after their houses were destroyed. 

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