Turkey has begun initial work to rebuild homes following this month's devastating earthquakes, with President Tayyip Erdogan pledging to rebuild homes within a year.
Why it matters
The earthquake and subsequent powerful tremors injured more than 108,000 in Turkey and left millions sheltering in tents or seeking to move to other cities. The rebuilding process is moving very fast, but experts have said the authorities should put safety before speed.
What the papers say
The sources agree on the death toll and the fact that Turkey has started rebuilding homes. They also agree that President Erdogan has pledged to rebuild homes within a year. However, they differ in the number of people left homeless and the speed of the rebuilding process. Reuters and Gulf News report that 1.5 million people have been left homeless, while NY Post does not provide a number. Reuters reports that it will be many months before thousands can leave tents or container housing, while Gulf News reports that the process is moving very fast. NY Post reports that some buildings that were meant to withstand tremors crumbled in the latest earthquakes.
How we got here
On February 6, 2023, Turkey was hit by a devastating earthquake that killed over 50,000 people in Turkey and Syria. The earthquake and subsequent powerful tremors injured more than 108,000 in Turkey and left millions sheltering in tents or seeking to move to other cities. President Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to rebuild homes within a year.
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Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly on the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeastern Europe.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a Turkish politician serving as the 12th and current President of Turkey. He previously served as Prime Minister of Turkey from 2003 to 2014 and as Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998.