Turkish president declares state of emergency for three months after earthquake | News
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency on Tuesday in the ten provinces affected by the strong earthquakes that have left thousands of deaths in the Ottoman nation, in numbers that are updated every hour.
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The president pointed out that "based on the authority conferred on us by article 119 of the Constitution, we have decided to declare a state of emergency to guarantee that our work can be carried out quickly."
"We continue with the search and rescue operations at a rapid pace, using all the means of our State and with the support of our citizens and volunteers," added the head of state.
Depremin yaşandığı 10 ilimizi genel hayata etkili afet bölgesi olarak ilan ediyoruz.
Arama-kurtarma faaliyetlerinin ve sonrasındaki çalışmaların süratle yürütülebilmesini temin için, Anayasa'nın 119'uncu maddesi uyarınca 10 ilimizde 3 ay Olağanüstü Hal ilan etme kararı aldık.
— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan)
February 7, 2023
At the same time, Erdogan stated that “these earthquakes caused great destruction over a very large area compared to similar earthquakes. We are facing one of the greatest catastrophes not only in the history of the country, of our geography, but also of the world”.
In the same way, he pointed out that more than 5,000 million dollars will be allocated in emergency aid to alleviate the consequences of the earthquakes when 22,168 people are reported injured.
In turn, the president stressed that "we plan to accommodate those affected by the earthquake in hotels in the regions, above all, close to the disaster area, several hotels suspended their operation due to winter."
Some 53,300 search and rescue and support personnel are working in the affected provinces of Kahramanmaras, Adana, Adiyaman, Osmaniye, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir and Gaziantep.
Two earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 were reported early Monday morning with an epicenter in the Pazarcik district, Turkish province of Kahramanmaras at a depth of 17.9 kilometers.
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