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A hundred victims recorded after an earthquake in Turkey



           


The earthquake affected western Turkey and the Greek islands of the Dodecanese (map: AFAD)
The earthquake affected western Turkey and the Greek islands of the Dodecanese (map: AFAD)
TURKEY. According to the Turkish Governmental Authority for Disaster Situations (Afad), the earthquake that struck the west of the country on Friday, October 30, 2020 caused 102 deaths. The institution also lists 1,026 wounded, 143 of whom are still in hospital, according to a report drawn up Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020.

Two children (4 and 14 years old) were able to emerge alive from the rubble, Monday, November 2, 2020. Search and rescue work is still ongoing in five of the seventeen collapsed buildings.

The succession of earthquakes (magnitude 6.6 at its strongest with 1475 aftershocks) and mini-tsunamis in the region of Izmir (but which also affected the Greek archipelago of the Dodecanese with much less damage, but two deaths) destroyed or damaged many buildings. Today some 5,000 people are sheltered in 3,569 tents in a makeshift camp. Material assistance of 30,000 Turkish liras (€3,039) per household will be provided by the government to people who have lost everything and cannot afford to buy back their belongings. Owners of destroyed houses will receive 13,000 Turkish liras (1317 €) and tenants 5,000 Turkish liras (506 €).

Nine entrepreneurs are reportedly in the hands of the police, according to the state agency Anadolu. They are accused of having constructed buildings in Izmir without taking into account the anti-seismic norms in force in the country.

 


Eric Apim


Tuesday, November 3rd 2020



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