A year on from Turkey’s earthquake disaster, the trauma haunts survivors



It's been a year since several powerful earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria, killing at least 59,000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. To mark the anniversary, thousands of people marched in the Turkish province of Hatay, the worst-hit region. Demonstrators chanted, 'We won't forgive, we won't forget.' They say the government did not act quickly enough in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. Some protesters fought with police when they tried to close a road. The earthquakes caused widespread destruction across a vast area. On February the 6th 2023, just after 4 AM, the magnitude 7.7 quake struck near the southern Turkish province of Kahramanmaras. The earthquakes affected an area of 120,000 square kilometres, including parts of northern Syria. At least 59,000 people were killed and more than 107,000 injured. About 14 million people in across 14 provinces in Turkey and Syria were affected. Belit Tasdemir is from AKUT, a volunteer organisation involved in search and rescue operations. He's the group's liaison officer to the UN and talks more about the event. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ Download AJE Mobile App: https://aje.io/AJEMobile #Turkey #TurkeyEarthquake #Earthquake #Kahramanmaras #Gaziantep #Hatay #Syria
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