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6 killed after latest earthquake shakes Turkey

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Six people were killed in the latest earthquake to hit the Turkish-Syrian border region, authorities said on Tuesday, two weeks after a massive earthquake killed more than 47,000 people. People died, hundreds were killed. damaged or thousands of houses destroyed.

Monday’s latest earthquake came as relief efforts ended after the initial devastating quake, which was centered near the Turkish city of Antakya and was felt in Syria, Egypt and Lebanon. The US and European seismological agencies put the quake at 6.3, but Turkish monitors put it at 6.4.

latest earthquake Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) said 90 aftershocks followed, further injuring residents of Antakya who were left homeless and living in tents after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake on February 6. “For me, this is one of the signs of the end of the world.

FILE PHOTO: A man carries a sofa out of a destroyed apartment building in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake in Antakya, Hatay province, Turkey, February 20, 2023. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File Photo

I think we are dying, we will be buried here,” said blacksmith Murat Vural (47). Shortly after Monday’s earthquake, he called his friends to tell them they had to leave town. “This is no longer a place we can live,” he said. “We are most concerned about our lives.”

Officials said more than 41,000 people were killed in the first quake in Turkey, and about 6,000 in neighboring Syria.

President Tayyip Erdogan said 865,000 people were living in tents, 23,500 in containers and 376,000 in student dormitories and public hotels outside the quake. With so many buildings destroyed, up to 210 million tons of rubble will need to be cleared, said Luisa Winton, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) representative in Turkey.

“The disposal of this debris requires an area of ​​7 million square meters (75.5 million square feet). It’s a tall order,” Winton said.

Erdogan’s government has been criticized for what many Turks say is a slow response and a construction policy that has left thousands of apartment buildings collapsed and victims trapped under rubble.

“We have a duty to bring the offenders to justice before the law,” Erdogan said in the southern province of Osmania. He has been in power for 20 years and presidential and parliamentary elections are due in May, although the disaster may delay the vote.

Even before the earthquake, polls suggested it was affected by a cost-of-living crisis that could worsen as the disaster disrupts agricultural production. SWIFT renewal obligations
Erdogan has promised a swift reconstruction, but experts say it could lead to another disaster if security is sacrificed in the race to rebuild.

A man walks past destroyed buildings in Antakya, southeastern Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023. The death toll in Turkey and Syria rose to eight in a new and powerful earthquake that struck two weeks after a devastating temblor killed nearly 45,000 people, authorities and media said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Unal Cam)

“We will not avoid the ballot box or ignore democracy,” said Devlet Bahceli, an Erdogan ally and leader of the nationalist MHP party, adding that the opposition had criticized the government’s seismic response and debate. The discussion is “obsessed and misguided” about the timing of the election.

latest earthquake “Turkey … will soon bury you in the ballot box,” he said. In Antakya, one man hugged and comforted another who broke down in tears at news of people dying in the already devastated city after they entered buildings to retrieve belongings during the latest earthquake, which caused buildings to collapse.

Rescue teams carried one of the dead, wrapped in a yellow bag, down the stairs of a damaged apartment building before placing him in a coffin to be transported in a municipal van. In Syria, which has been ravaged by more than a decade of war.

most of the deaths were in the northwest, where the UN said 4,525 people had been killed. The district is controlled by rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad. Syria said 1,414 people were killed in government-held areas.

Hatay was one of the hardest-hit provinces in Turkey when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit on February 6. Thousands of buildings were destroyed in the province, and Monday’s earthquake caused further damage. The governor’s office in Antakya, in the historic center of Hatay, was also hit. Officials warned earthquake victims not to enter the rubble of their homes, but people scrambled to find what they could.

They get caught in another earthquake. Most of the deaths from the massive earthquake on February 6 (which was followed nine hours later by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake) were in Turkey, where at least 41,156 people died. The epicenter was in the southern province of Kalamanmaras. Authorities said more than 110,000 buildings in 11 affected Turkish provinces were either destroyed or severely damaged, requiring demolition.


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