A Sri Lankan woman living in Turkey remains unaccounted for following the earthquake that devastated the country, said Sri Lankan ambassador Hasanthi Dissanayake.

The ambassador has told BBC Sinhala Service only the woman’s mobile phone had been recovered.

The rest of a total of 14 Sri Lankans living in the worst-hit areas are confirmed to be safe.

More than 4,800 people were killed and 15,000 injured in Turkey and over the border in Syria when the quake struck in the early hours of Monday.

The World Health Organization has warned the toll may rise dramatically as rescuers find more victims.

Drone footage shows massive destruction in Turkey's border province of Hatay.



Plumes of smoke billow from flattened buildings as rescue workers climb over collapsed structures looking for survivors.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the early hours of Monday and caused devastation across southern Turkey and Northern Syria.

Footage from social media, verified by the BBC, shows the scale of the damage caused by the first earthquake.

As aftershocks continue, rescuers in some areas have been digging through rubble with their bare hands.

But freezing conditions are hampering search efforts.



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