Eastern Turkey faced a catastrophe on Sunday in the form of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. The death toll has risen above 400 with a large number of buildings that collapsed causing an increase in the loss of lives with every new day. The epicenter of the earthquake was 929 km away in the east from the capital city Ankara.
The rescue efforts are being accelerated to help the victims. The rescue teams have reached the Kurdish area and Turkish Red Crescent has coordinated with the relief efforts and provided tents and blankets to provide shelter to people who are staying in open. The buildings that still stand have been evacuated to avoid any further risk of life as they have become fragile. Dogs are being used for sniffing for the survivors in the damaged buildings and machinery has been employed to remove the debris and search for survivals.
The government is continuing with the rescue operation in an organized manner. The country has faced such tough situations previously as well, so the authorities are now prepared to handle the situation in a better way. Military rescuers from Azerbaijan are also serving in the emergency in coordination with the Turkish rescue workers. Israel and other nations of the world have shown consent to come forward to help the Turkish people in their hard time.
The epicenter of the earthquake was in the village called Tabanli, but it was reported to be safe from serious damage. Turkey is at the risk of such a calamity as it is situated in a most active Seismic zone and crossed by several fault lines. Previously, in year 1999, two earthquakes occurred in the northwest of the country with the magnitude as intense as this one. Huge loss of life and property was reported at that time too.
The government has announced to rebuild the quake-hit cities with better planning in future and provide the victims with temporary shelters, meanwhile in the form of prefabricated houses. Around 1.7 million dollars have been allocated for rescue and relief operations and the sufferers have been exempted from the tax payments this year.
The residents are in great problems after the earthquake and in grief as they lost their loved ones. They need support from the government as well as their fellow countrymen. It will take time to settle them back to the normal life because the damages are immense.