General Travel News

Death toll rises to 217 after massive earthquake in Turkey

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Ercis, Turkey at 1:41pm local time on Sunday, leaving 217 people dead and 350 injured.


Roughly 20 aftershocks rattled the city in eastern Turkey in one of the nation's poorest areas. The largest had a magnitude of 6.0. 


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters the death toll is likely to climb, as rescue teams work through the night to save people still trapped in the rubble.

The prime minister said 55 buildings collapsed in Ercis on the north shore of Lake Van, while the Turkish Red Crescent had said earlier that some 25 apartment buildings and a student dormitory collapsed in the town.

Irhal.com urges traveller's to avoid visiting Turkey at this time.

More General Travel News
ATM Dubai to launch Holiday Shopper on 27 April 2019
Agoda partners with Saudi Ministry of Hajj to try to attract 30 million pilgrims
UAE carriers join hands to celebrate the legacy of Sheikh Zayed on 47th National Day
Latest Travel News
flydubai will fly to Tashkent from 11 Ma...
ATM Dubai to launch Holiday Shopper on 2...
Agoda partners with Saudi Ministry of ...
Featured Sights To See
What to do with Children in Tow

What to do with Children in Tow

Madinah, Saudi Arabia

There are several entertainment areas in and around Madinah that can be attractive for children. These places include King Fahd Park, Al Hamra Park, Al Nakheel Park, Central Park, Taibeh Land Tourism Village, Aliyet Al Medina Souk, Rashed Mega Mall Complex, Al Hassen Mall, Al Bu’aijan Park, Al Gadi Park, Al Hukair Luna Park, Wild Baydha Park, Agool Park, Abu Terboosh Park, Bayt Al Madina Park and ...

Sharjah Art Museum

Sharjah Art Museum

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

This place is the center piece of the Arts Area; it is renowned as having one of the UAE’s largest and most extraordinary collections of art. It is also the annual organizer of the Sharjah Biennal. The permanent collection houses watercolours, oil paintings and lithographs from the 18th and 19th century. Most of the collection is from the ruling family’s collection but the curators’ stage regular ...

Residenz ( Residence Palace Museum)

Residenz ( Residence Palace Museum)

Munich, Germany

The Residenz was the palace of the Wittlebachs. It was first the political and cultural center of the first Dukes, then the Electors (from 1623) and finally the Kings of Bavaria (1806 – 1918). The various rulers furnished and extended the palace’s rooms to suit their personal tastes.   It is one of Europe’s finest Renaissance buildings and had to be almost completely rebuilt after being ...

Ibn Tulun Mosque

Ibn Tulun Mosque

Cairo, Egypt

The Ibn Tulun Mosque is the top mosque to visit when in Cairo. This mosque, which is the largest and oldest in Cairo, was completed in 879 and still stands mostly intact. It was built using mud-brick and wood and covers 2.4 hectares (six acres). The mosque was built under the command of Ahmad ibn Tulun, who was the governor of Egypt from 868-884. Sharia el-Salibah, Islamic Cairo Openin...