The Great destruction In Turkey

The Great destruction In Turkey

Zyaire Coles, Staff Writer

On February 6th,2023 a commanding 7.8 earthquake struck the country of Turkey and the country of Syria. Over 47,000 people were killed and injured not long after a 6.3 earthquake hit the south of Turkey, increasing the death and injury rate. As for Syria, around 6,000 people have died there and their areas are still working on their recovery.

As a country that has experienced many earthquakes, this is a new level of destruction for Turkey.

The earthquake struck 10 Turkish regions including Adana, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kahramanmaras, Malatya, and Sanliurfa. Syria regions were harshly hit The cities of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, and Idlib.

Houses rattled from the strength of the strong earthquake winds. Snow and rain heavily entered the scene causing estates to collapse and other traffic signs, too. People became trapped under the rubbish causing severe injury. Over 8,000 buildings, roads, and seaports were destroyed. 

The earthquake caused a rise in air pollution caused by the dust from collapsed buildings. Difficulty in breathing became a quick problem and pollution rapidly spread to the waters in Turkey. Clean water was a struggle to obtain without having to make the limited amounts last.

Prior to the earthquake, Turkey has gone through very high inflation rates. Right after the quake, Turkish stocks lost billions of dollars. Over 3.9 billion. Turkey’s most prominent companies began to plummet during the disaster but are now rising their stock again. 

Construction projects are helping to restart activity in the economy. Even with the massive loss and damage due to the impact of the quake – even with billions worth of repairs- it is wished that there will be a great recovery after the disaster. 

It has been over a month since the natural disaster & recovery appears to be slow but still active. Many citizens are still injured and focused on their recovery. Loved ones are being searched for due to the spread out of families.

Turkish hospitals are getting filled with people by the day due to people being found under broken-down rubbish and needing urgent care. Death rates are slowly starting to pick up again due to injuries being too severe but emergency responses are trying their best as they have improved from prior natural disasters.

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