Erics (Turkey): Rescuers plucked a two- week-old baby girl, her mother and grandmother from the rubble of Turkey's devastating earthquake on Tuesday, sparking scenes of joy that electrified search efforts.

Crowds cheered and applauded as 73-year-old Gulzade Karaduman was carried into an ambulance, hours after her tiny grand-daughter Azra and then her daughter Seniha Karaduman were pulled free from the wreckage of the family home in eastern town of Ercis.

As the body bags piled up and the Red Crescent warned that hundreds or even thousands of people remained buried under the debris from Sunday's quake, the triple rescue provided vital relief joy amid the otherwise grim task.

"It is priceless to find someone alive and all my exhaustion is over," said Oytun Gulpinar, the leader of a team of rescuers who had arrived in Ercis after a 32-hour road journey from the western city of Izmir.

"I got to hold a 16-day-old baby, which is utterly priceless," he added.

Azra was brought out by Kadir Direk, the smallest member of the Izmir team, who described how he managed to squeeze through the debris and then scoop her off the lap of her mother.

"I was the happiest person in the world when I held her," said the pint-sized 35-year-old.

"When I took her from her mother, she asked me to give her a second name."

He choose Aysenur, combining the name of the Prophet Mohammed's wife and the word "light".

Emergency teams had earlier pulled a pregnant woman and her two children alive from the rubble in Ercis as they laboured through the night under search lights with the help of sniffer dogs.

A spokeswoman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said "hundreds, possibly thousands of people are still trapped under the rubble".

The IFRC said that 2,256 buildings -- mostly apartments -- were destroyed during the quake which struck on Sunday afternoon with its epicentre in the eastern province of Van.

An update from the prime minister's office put the death toll at 370, adding that more than 1,300 people had been injured.

The population of the region is mainly Kurdish and the quake came amid a major army operation targeting the separatist

PKK militia in response to a series of deadly attacks.

In a sign of the simmering ethnic tensions, dozens of residents of the provincial capital Van hurled stones at journalists and police on Tuesday after a well-known television presenter criticised Kurds' appeals for help.

Police used pepper gas to disperse the angry crowd, but there were complaints among survivors in other areas that soldiers whose barracks had been damaged were being given priority in the aid effort.

(Agencies)