“We cannot bury our dead. There are corpses everywhere”

The situation in the 10 Turkish provinces affected by Monday’s devastating earthquakes worsens as time goes by and, while the death toll continues to rise, survivors are struggling to meet their most basic needs in freezing weather of up to -6 degrees. .

Turkish journalists reporting from the affected cities of Kahramanmaras, Hatay, Iskenderun and Malatya early on Wednesday, more than 48 hours after the earthquake, they agree that there are hundreds of collapsed buildings where no rescue team has arrived and people are pleading for help.

In some collapsed buildings you can hear the voices of survivors

HalkTV reported live from Malatya that the surviving women, children and the elderly were in dire conditions, with no access to basic necessities and temperatures several degrees below zero.

Desperation grows because in some collapsed buildings the voices of survivors can be heard, but they cannot be helped due to the lack of specialized equipment.

“No one in the city can enter any building due to the danger of collapse. Going to the toilet, something so far simple, is a very big problem. There is no water at home or at the gas stations,” explains that television about the situation. “People are trying to warm up in their cars, but they can’t refill the tank because there is no fuel at the service stations,” he adds.

Several people try to warm themselves with fire in the streets of Hatay (Turkey) after running out of houses, destroyed by the earthquake, on February 8, 2023. ERDEM SAHIN / EFE

On the street, without supplies and in freezing temperatures

Yildirim Kurt, a farmer in the Nurhak district of Kahramanmaras, one of the hardest-hit areas, told EFE by phone that so far no aid had reached his small town.

“All the houses in the city have to be rebuilt”

Seyhan Asker, a reporter for Halk TV, reported this morning from Islahiye, a Hatay town of 60,000 where his parents lived: “All the houses in the city have to be rebuilt. No one can even live in the houses that were not destroyed. . Half of the town’s houses are leveled.”

Mustafa Kara, who lost his wife in Kahramanmaras in the collapse of a nine-story building, expressed his outrage on Halk TV: “Is this state such a small thing? There is nothing. We cannot bury our dead. There are corpses for everywhere”.

“We cannot bury our dead. There are corpses everywhere”

“More than 900 buildings have collapsed. If each one has between eight and ten apartments, how many people are under the rubble? There is no electricity, no gasoline, people loot supermarkets. There is no food, no milk for the children,” that neighbor complained.

In Iskenderun, a fire in the port and the rise in sea level make it difficult to evacuate the injured by ship to other cities.

Apparently, a container with chemicals burned just after the earthquake and the flames spread to the other containers in the port in no time. Despite the intervention of Army planes and ships, the fire could not be put out and the smoke creates breathing problems in a wide area.

While criticism of the Erdogan government intensifies for not taking measures on time, poorly managing the crisis and not sending the Army at the first moments, the main channels focus on the people rescued alive in the buildings where the rescue work continues.

Rescues those trapped in the rubble

rescue teams saved a 24-year-old teacher, Mesude Akar, from the rubble of a collapsed building 49 hours after the Hatay earthquake. An hour before her, two other women were also pulled alive from the rubble in the same area, the Anadolu news agency reported.

The situation of the dams in the region is another cause for concern.

The situation of the dams in the region is another cause for concern, as cracks were reported in some of them due to tremors. “We have 110 dams, so far we have completed the tests in 90 of them. Because there is risk in seismic periods,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Vahit Kirisçi.

The panorama drawn by the media on the third day from the cities where the cameras are seen is horrifying, with hundreds and hundreds of buildings destroyed and towns without any media attention.

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