Turkish officials on Saturday ordered rescue workers to stop digging for survivors of a landslide because of the danger of a new slide.

The decision came as West German volunteers said they were "within a few meters" (ards) of reaching the debris from a crowded coffeehouse engulfed in Thursday's landslide.Up to 100 people were buried in the slide, which also swallowed up a restaurant and an empty high school.

"We are angry. We should have been permitted to go on ... there is a slight chance that people are alive in the coffeehouse basement," said Hans Ruhl, a deputy director of the German Rescue Dog Association.

Rescue efforts were halted while a new causeway was built to carry off excavated earth.