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Turkish government criticised by quake victims

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Turkish government criticised by quake victims


Despite tales of miraculous recoveries, rescue workers searching the ruins after Turkey’s power earthquake are finding more and more bodies.

Nearly 500 are now confirmed dead in the eastern area of the country with over a thousand injured.

The quake flattened over 2,000 buildings meaning countless people are still missing and there is a substantial number now homeless.

One victim criticised the government for its poor response to the disaster:

“We have no opportunity to warm up in tents. We don’t have enough blankets. Ten people lay under one blanket. They are all living out in the cold weather. We have kids. There is no organisation for proper aid distribution.”

With snow forecast the urgency to find shelter caused fighting to break out after a truck loaded with tents arrived in Van, one of the worst hit areas.

The government has now requested prefabricated housing from international sources including Israel despite the recently strained relations between the two countries.

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