Turkish authorities plan to demolish tens of thousands of buildings

At least 41,000 buildings in 10 earthquake-affected provinces of Turkey have been destroyed or are in disrepair, the Ministry of Urban Development and the Environment said.

“In 10 affected provinces, we have identified 41,791 buildings that have already collapsed, or urgently need to be demolished, or are in disrepair,” the minister said Murat Kurum at a briefing in Gaziantep.

According to him, the full assessment of buildings in 10 provinces is planned to be completed in a week.

The minister expects construction work to begin in 10 provinces by the end of February.

Earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 with a difference of more than 9 hours occurred on February 6 in the southeast of Turkey. According to the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, they became the strongest since 1939, he called them “the catastrophe of the century.” According to the latest data, more than 31 thousand people died. The tremors, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, were felt in 10 provinces of the country and neighboring states, including Syria.

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