One Lost Life, Dozens Wounded in Fresh Quake in Eastern Turkey

According to the disaster agency of the government, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 struck eastern Turkey on Monday, resulting in the death of one person, injuring dozens of others, and causing several buildings to collapse.

The Yesilyurt district in the Malatya province, which was previously struck by the devastating earthquake on February 6, resulting in the death of over 44,000 people in Turkey and thousands more in Syria, was also the epicentre of this recent tremor.

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Yunus Sezer, the chairman of the AFAD disaster agency, stated in a televised address that one individual lost their life, and 69 others sustained injuries.

According to the details shared by AFAD, 29 structures that were previously weakened by the strong earthquake that occurred on February 6 had collapsed.

The details further said that the search and rescue teams were immediately deployed to the affected region and have begun their operations.

As per reports from Turkish media, the mayor of the area, Mehmet Cinar, stated that a father and his daughter were stuck in a damaged building after they entered it to retrieve their belongings.

The man was seen being transported on a stretcher to an ambulance in the television footage, while the rescue teams attempted to establish communication with his daughter who was still inside the affected building.

The Turkish government has broadened the criminal investigation to include those accountable for the buildings destroyed in the catastrophic earthquake, which rendered millions homeless.

Jean Harris

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