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'This is my third quake,' says Turkey survivor

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'This is my third quake,' says Turkey survivor


Turkey is no stranger to earthquakes, and neither are some of the victims in Van.

For one man now living in his family in a tent after the recent quake there is a sense of deja vu.

Twelve years ago Serhan Ozlemez lived through two major tremors in northwestern Turkey, one of which killed 17,000.

This is the third earthquake I have been caught up in. For the first I was in Adapazari (in August 1999), then in Düzce (in November the same year), and now in Van,” he said.

The first earthquake was felt across a wide area in the Istanbul region and killed 17,000 people.

“The Adapazarı quake took place at night. I had already woken up after a mosquito bit me (and went out of the building). I survived because of this.

“In the Düzce quake we were working in a building and had gone to a business centre to complete our work when it happened.

“This time (in Van) we were on the 6th floor and painting. We couldn’t go out when quake started. We waited for it to end,” said Serhan Ozlemez.

Serhan’s wife says it is hard living in a tent, especially with a son, Baran, who is just two years old.

The family are planning to go back to the other side of the country, where they have relatives.

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