southeast of Turkey registered this wednesday new replicaof magnitude 4.8after the strong earthquakes (of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6) that devastated 11 provinces on February 6, causing at least 45,890 dead.
The new tremor occurred at 10:20 local time (07:20 GMT) today in the city of antiochcapital of the province of hataione of the most devastated by earthquakes, reported the Kandilli Observatory and Seismic Research Institute (KOERI, for its acronym in Turkish).
The Turkish emergency agency AFAD had warned hours before that the earth continued to shake in the vast affected region, describing it as a “seismic storm” at more than 11,020 aftershocks and other earthquakes that followed the first shocks.
In a statement published last midnight, AFAD raises to 45,890 the official number of lifeless bodies recovered so far from the rubble.
Almost two million (1,971,589) is the official number of people who have been evacuated from the region or are registered as transfer applicants.
The authorities are concerned about the increasing socioeconomic problems that is causing the massive displacement of more than 2.5 million people from devastated areas to other provinces, where unemployment and housing rents are increasing.
Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoganhas promised to rebuild the tens of thousands of destroyed buildings within a year and has asked the population to try to avoid displacement.
“Take care of your city, never permanently leave your ancestral homeland. We will improve all the destroyed houses, ”he said.
In addition to almost 360,000 tents sent to the zones, have established 332 “container cities” and another 162 are under constructionwhile the removal of the rubble continues, where it is estimated that there are still bodies of missing persons.
As reported today by the newspaper BirGun, at least 80 people who lived in a building are still missing despite the fact that all the rubble has already been removed from it.
So far, the authorities have not made official estimates on the number of unidentified bodies buried, or missing persons sought by their relatives.
The president of the Association of Forensic Doctors, Ahmet Hilal, who led an expert investigation on the ground, called on the government to act transparently in this matter.
Speaking to BirGunHilal estimated at almost 5,000 deceased people who have been buried without knowing their identity.
(With information from EFE)
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