One million and 684 thousand affected people have been sheltered

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country’s authorities have provided shelter to date for one million and 684 thousand citizens affected by the devastating earthquake that struck the south of the country at dawn on February 6.

This came in statements he made on Monday from the Disaster Coordination Center in Hatay Province, after touring the earthquake-affected areas in the state.

Erdogan confirmed that they aim in the first stage to allocate 100,000 prefabricated homes in the earthquake zone, “with the possibility of increasing the number to 200,000 if necessary.”

“Within one year, citizens living in tents and prefabricated houses will be transferred to permanent apartments,” he added.

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The Turkish President indicated that to date, 114,834 people have been rescued from under the rubble.

He stated that work to determine the extent of damage is about to be completed in the earthquake areas.

Erdogan pledged to start building 3,750 apartments in the state of Elazig, 2,500 in Adana, and 250 apartments in Kilis, as of next March.

He also pledged to start building during the same month 40 thousand and 426 apartments in the state of Hatay, 45 thousand and 67 in Kahramanmaraş, 25 thousand and 882 in Adi Yaman and 18 thousand and 544 in Gaziantep.

With regard to the work of removing rubble in the earthquake areas, the Turkish President revealed the removal of the rubble of more than 71,000 independent housing units within nearly 21,000 completely collapsed buildings in all areas of the earthquake.

In addition, the residents of 412,000 housing units within 118,000 collapsed buildings have been evacuated, or must be urgently demolished, or have significant damage, according to what Erdogan announced.

He pointed out that citizens can check the conditions of their homes and buildings through the e-government portal (e-devlet).