After weeks of search and rescue efforts, the focus of Turkish authorities has now turned to rehabilitate the injured and meet the housing needs of the people displaced by the massive earthquakes.
As per a government official, Türkiye’s initial plan is to build 200,000 apartments and 70,000 village houses at a cost of at least $15 billion.
AFAD, Türkiye’s disaster management agency, says the quakes, centred in the country’s Kahramanmaras province, were followed by 9,136 aftershocks, leaving at least 44,218 people dead in Türkiye. In Syria, the death toll has hit 5,914.
In total, the fatalities from both countries have surpassed 50,000.