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Turkey: February earthquake death toll approaches 50,000

A Turkish soldier walks past destroyed buildings in Hatay on February 12, 2023, following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the country’s southeast. | Fountain: AFP

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The death toll from last February’s earthquakes in Turkey’s southeast is approaching 50,000, including nearly 7,000 foreigners, Turkish authorities said this Saturday.

“49,589 people died as a result of the earthquakes, including 6,807 foreigners,” Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said today during a media speech in Ankara.

internal migration

The 11 earthquake-hit provinces in southeastern Turkey were home to 14 million citizens and about 1.7 million Syrian refugees, accounting for 16% of Turkey’s total population. Turkey.

About two million people have fled the region to seek temporary shelter in other provinces, according to Turkish press reports, and 1.9 million are currently living in tents or prefabricated houses, Oktay said.

vice president Turkey He added that today 345,000 citizens have come to register a change of residence in order to vote in the presidential and parliamentary elections to be held on May 18.

He also recalled that severe floods registered in recent days in two provinces affected by earthquakes, Adiyaman and Sanliurfa, caused the death of 18 people, and the search for three missing people continues. (As reported by EFE)

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