Building Contractors Arrested As Death Toll Mounts In Turkey Earthquake
According to Turkish authorities, 113 building contractors arrested in Turkey earthquake for their roles in the construction of structures that were damaged or destroyed in Monday's earthquake.
Dr. Cooney BladesFeb 13, 202315 Shares452 Views
According to Turkish authorities, 113 building contractors arrested in Turkey earthquakefor their roles in the construction of structures that were damaged or destroyed in Monday's earthquake.
Twelve individuals, including construction workers, have been detained by Turkish authorities thus far. Rescue operations have been hampered in certain areas due to the turmoil in southern Turkey.
An earthquake that hit the Turkish city of Elazig on January 24, 2023, has killed 41 people and injured more than 1,600 others. Following the disaster, Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for a number of building contractors in connection with the collapse of buildings during the quake.
The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 6.8, caused widespread damage in Elazig and surrounding areas. In the aftermath, Turkish authorities launched an investigation into the collapse of several buildings, suspecting that substandard construction materials and practices may have contributed to the disaster.
Experts have warned for years that widespread corruption and poor government practices in Turkey have made many new structures very dangerous.
In order to promote a construction boom, especially in earthquake-prone areas, these measures enabled so-called amnesties for contractors who skirted building standards.
There were thousands of building collapses caused by the quake, and some people are wondering whether human error contributed to the disaster's severity.
As a result, arrest warrants have been issued for at least 11 building contractors, who are accused of neglecting to follow building regulations and using substandard materials. The suspects are currently being sought by the police.
Turkey issues arrest warrants for buildings collapsed by earthquake - BBC News
Although the initial search and rescue operations have been completed, the death toll continues to rise as more bodies are recovered from the rubble. The Turkish government has promised to provide financial support to the families of the victims and those affected by the disaster.
In addition, the government has pledged to take steps to prevent similar disasters in the future, including stricter enforcement of building regulations and increased monitoring of construction sites.
Nighttime lows in southern Turkey and northern Syria remain far below freezing, leaving millions of people without shelter.
United Nations humanitarian workers say the ultimate death toll from the earthquake is likely to quadruple, and that more than 800,000 people are in need of food.
The death toll in Syria has risen to above 3,500, although updated numbers have not been released since last Friday. The death toll in Turkey surpassed 30,000 on Sunday.
Despite several miraculous rescues, hope of finding many more people is dwindling.
The UN assistance head, who was in the Turkish province of Kahramanmaras on Saturday, called the earthquake the "worst disaster in 100 years in this area."
I think it's the worst natural disaster that I've ever seen and it's also the most extraordinary international response.- Martin Griffiths
Mr. Griffiths has asked that local differences be set aside in the wake of the accident, and there are encouraging indications that this is occurring.