Yesterday, Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his government aims to hand over permanent housing to citizens affected by the earthquake in the south of the country by October to November 2023.
Erdogan pledged to work without interruption so that all citizens who lost their homes in the earthquake will have new housing. This came in a speech he delivered during his visit to a city of prefabricated housing in the state of Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey, which is one of the 11 states affected by the disaster of the February 6 earthquake.
The Turkish president indicated that his government began handing over the rural homes that it had built to those affected, starting from the last month of Ramadan (March and April), and work is still going on with great momentum to build more of them.
He pointed to the establishment of more than 905,000 tents and more than 112,000 pre-fabricated housing throughout the earthquake zone, as well as ensuring the return of about 13,000 workplaces to the practice of commercial activities.
Erdogan also stressed that the government will not abandon the citizens who were forced to go to other states after the earthquake occurred, and stressed that the government mobilized all capabilities for the sake of those affected by the earthquake.
"Of course, we will not be able to bring back the lives we lost, but we, God willing, are determined to compensate for all other losses," he said, stressing that better and more durable homes will be replaced with collapsed and damaged homes and buildings.
On February 6, southern Turkey and northern Syria struck a 7.7-magnitude earthquake, followed by another with a magnitude of 7.6 and thousands of violent aftershocks, killing tens of thousands of people and leaving huge material damage.