He turkish government announced today that reconstruction will begin in March in the areas devastated by the two earthquakes deadly on February 6, which caused the death of more than 40,000 people and demolished or left more than 84,000 buildings useless.
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At a press conference in the city of Adana, the Minister of Urbanism, Murat Kurumexplained that after inspecting 684,000 buildings in the eleven affected provinces, experts from his portfolio have identified more than 84,000 buildings that are either collapsed or so seriously damaged that they must be demolished urgently.
These 84,000 buildings add up to some 333,000 independent units, that is, homes or offices, the minister said.
The reconstruction will be carried out by simultaneous tender in all 11 provinces, after carrying out geophysical studies to determine the safest location for the new buildings, Kurum said.
He thus hinted that some of the cities or towns seriously affected by being located very close to or on top of the eastern Anatolian geological fault could be relocated to safer areas, an option also evoked by other government officials in recent days.
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Kurum reiterated his call to citizens not to enter seriously damaged buildings to recover belongings or personal belongings, as long as local authorities have not certified that it can be done safely.
Ten provinces affected by the two earthquakes, measuring 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude, were declared a disaster area on February 8 and placed under a state of emergency.
Yesterday, the Government added the province of Elazig, in central Anatolia, to the list, which now includes 11 provinces with a total of 14 million inhabitants, although five of them have been only partially affected.