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Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) -- A pre-dawn earthquake collapsed homes and killed at least 38 people in a mountainous region of southeastern Turkey on Monday.
The magnitude-5.8 earthquake struck at 4:32 a.m. in Turkey's Kovancilar district, according to the prime minister's press office.
At least 38 people had been killed, Kovancilar Mayor Bekir Yanilmaz told CNN Turk, CNN's sister network.
"Many houses have collapsed," the prime minister's press office said.
"Search and rescue teams have been sent to the area," the prime minister's office said. The Turkish Red Crescent also is sending tents and blankets, while additional ambulances are being brought from neighboring districts.
Turkish television showed injured residents being rushed to hospitals, and paramilitary officers, police and civilians digging with shovels in the rubble of collapsed buildings.