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5.22.03

Thousands injured after deadly earthquake in Algeria

The death toll has climbed to nearly 1,000 after an earthquake that hit Algeria last night. Five-thousand are reported to be injured from the tremors. Officials fear the casualty numbers will rise even more.

International aid workers are rushing to the North African country as rescuers try to find survivors in the rubble. Algeria's prime minister says there could be many more people under the debris.

The quake toppled apartment buildings and trees in an area east of the capital Algiers. Numerous towns were devastated. Residents are swarming to area hospitals with injuries, or to try to find lost loved ones. Dozens of bodies are laid out, with families weeping over them.

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