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Heavy rain threatens earthquake victims in Turkey

Ms Kaftancıoğlu said people were still not housed in shipping containers as promised more than a month after the earthquake.

• March 14, 2023
Tent cities in Turkey
Tent cities in Turkey [Photo Credit; AP News]

Heavy rain in south-eastern Turkey has flooded the tents of earthquake victims, causing more problems for homeless people.

DHA news agency reported on Tuesday that in İskenderun in Hatay province, pictures showed puddles and mud around the tents.

Opposition politician, Canan Kaftancıoğlu, shared a video on Twitter showing a woman crying and trying to force water out of her tent with a slider mop.

Ms Kaftancıoğlu said people were still not housed in shipping containers as promised more than a month after the earthquake.

She also said there were even still people who did not have tents. “After the disaster, the disaster still continues,” she said.

Five weeks ago, earthquakes in the Syrian-Turkish border region killed more than 48,000 people in Turkey alone.

Thousands are homeless and sheltered in emergency shelters such as tents.

The tents are to be gradually replaced by container cities. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan promised to rebuild houses in the earthquake region within a year.

Election campaigning is underway in Turkey, with citizens voting for a new parliament and president on May 14.


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