Nearly 25,000 buildings rendered uninhabitable by earthquake
Turkish minister of environment urbanization and climate change said on Saturday that close to 25,000 buildings in the earthquake zone have been assessed to be uninhabitable because of the earthquake, and that people may safely return to buildings that were not destroyed or which received only minor damages.
Minister Murat Kurum said:
"A total of 171,882 buildings have undergone inspection in 10 provinces. It has been assessed that 24,921 buildings and 120,940 separate residence units in these buildings are either severely damaged or destroyed by the earthquake. We would like to warn our citizens once again against entering these buildings, not to make any attempt to go on living in them and not even try to recover their items from these buildings."
"It has also been assessed that 122,279 buildings with 729,435 separate residence units were either not damaged at all, or received minor damages (...) Citizens may go back to such residences, while they will also continue to be given the option of accommodation outside these buildings for as long as they wish."