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Turkish president inaugurates new houses for İzmir quake victims

Addressing the handover ceremony in İzmir, the country's third-largest city, Erdoğan said Turkey has the fastest, most effective and most practical disaster response system in the world.

Anadolu Agency TURKEY
Published November 26,2021
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday inaugurated newly built houses for victims of the 2020 İzmir earthquake.

Addressing the handover ceremony in İzmir, the country's third-largest city, Erdoğan said Turkey has the fastest, most effective and most practical disaster response system in the world.

While there are people waiting for help to reach for months in many part of the world, especially in developed countries such as US and European countries, "we (Turkey), on the other hand, can begin search and rescue efforts within minutes, assistance within hours, debris removal activities within days, and build new ones to replace the destroyed before the year is up. We've operated this mechanism in İzmir as well," he added.

Last November, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake rattled İzmir, leaving 115 people dead and injuring over 1,000.

"We promised to start delivering these houses within a year. Today, we keep our promise and are delivering residences and shops to the earthquake victims as part of the first phase," Erdoğan said.

A total of 5,074 residences and 353 shops were agreed to be rebuilt after the major earthquake, the president said.