Residents of earthquake-stricken areas of eastern Turkey spent their second night outdoors Monday, in freezing temperatures, after towns were rattled by several aftershocks from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that has, so far, killed more than 270 people and wounded another 1,000. The death toll is likely to rise as hundreds of people are still missing.

Most of the casualties were concentrated in the towns of Ercis and Van, with officials still looking for survivors and also confirming the fatalities in the villages.

"It was like the Judgment Day," said Mesut Ozan Yilmaz, 18, who survived for 32 hours under the rubble of a teahouse where he had been passing time with friends. Though he was not hurt, Yilmaz is now being given medical attention after surviving the horrific ordeal.

"The space we had was so narrow. People were fighting for more space to survive. I rested my head on a dead man's foot. I know I would be dead now if I had let myself go psychologically," said Yilmaz in an interview with CNN Turk. He added that he dove under the table, when the earthquake started, to save his life.

As family members prepared to bury their loved ones and bid farewell to them, others, who had yet to find those dear to them (or at least their bodies), kept vigil by the mounds of concrete rubble. The horrible truth is that the longer it takes to find additional survivors, the less chance there is of their surviving the ordeal.

Survivors mourn over the grave of one of their relatives, killed during the earthquake, in Ercis on Monday.Reuters
A father (centre) reacts as he holds the body of his daughter, killed in an earthquake, before her burial at a cemetery in Ercis on Monday.Reuters
Members of the Turkish Red crescent search for survivors as they stand on the rubbles of a building which collapsed during an earthquake in Ercis on Monday.Reuters
Women mourn as rescue workers work to save their trapped relatives under debris after an earthquake in Ercis on Monday.Reuters
Relatives of victims of an earthquake embrace each other in Ercis on Monday.Reuters
Rescue workers try to save people trapped under debris after an earthquake in Ercis on Monday.Reuters
An earthquake survivor is carried out by rescue workers from a collapsed building in the eastern Turkish town of Ercis.Reuters
Emergency service workers carry an earthquake survivor during rescue operations in Ercis on Monday.Reuters
A soldier helps a girl to cross a street after an earthquake in Ercis on Monday.Reuters
A child survivor of an earthquake warms up as he covers himself with a blanket at a corner of a street in Ercis on Monday.Reuters
Survivors of an earthquake warm up next to a fire in Ercis on Monday.Reuters