Turkish President: Our Goal is Building 650,000 Homes in Earthquake Zone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that his country’s government aims to build 650,000 homes in the states affected by the Kahramanmaras earthquake.

Erdogan said in a press statement today the Turkish government would not stop or rest until rebuild all the cities destroyed by the earthquake with their villages and districts.

He added, “Our goal is to build a total of 650,000 new homes in the earthquake zone, and to deliver 319,000 of them to those affected within one year.” He explained that the foundation stone was laid today for 7,087 houses out of 42,348 to be built in Gaziantep and its countryside, in addition to 649 houses in Kilis.

On Feb. 6, two earthquakes measuring 7.7 and 7.6 on Richter scale struck southern Turkiye and northern Syria, followed by violent aftershocks, which resulted in massive human and material losses.

Earlier this month, the Turkish president announced that the damage caused by the earthquake in southern Turkiye is estimated at USD104 billion, indicating that no country can fight a disaster of this magnitude on its own.

Source: Qatar News Agency