One Year After Turkey’s Deadliest Earthquake: Thousands Remain Homeless Amid Slow Rebuilding Efforts

One year after Turkey’s deadliest earthquake, the country is grappling with the slow pace of rebuilding and persistent homelessness among the affected population. President Erdogan is set to visit the area, where over 53,000 people lost their lives and 85% of infrastructure was destroyed. Aid organizations, such as Save the Children, report that one-third of those displaced, including children, still lack permanent housing. Frustration and anger towards the Turkish government are palpable among the residents still living in temporary shelters, as the reconstruction process lags.

  • One year after the earthquake in Turkey, the rebuilding process has been slow and many remain homeless.
  • President Erdogan is visiting the affected areas where more than 53,000 people died and significant infrastructure was ruined.
  • A third of the displaced population, including children, are still living in temporary housing like tents and containers.
  • There is visible frustration and anger directed at the Turkish government for the perceived slow pace of rebuilding.
  • Save the Children estimates that around one-third of children displaced by the earthquake still do not have a proper home.
  • The earthquake destroyed not only homes but also schools and hospitals, disrupting education and healthcare services.
  • In Northern Syria, the earthquake compounded the suffering of a population already affected by over a decade of conflict.
  • Around 16 million people in Syria now require humanitarian assistance, an increase from last year.
  • International funding is crucial for the reconstruction efforts, but there has been a decline in financial support.
  • While some progress has been made, with more people moving from tents to containers, the need for permanent housing remains urgent.

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