Türkiye: My Home is Yours campaign to shelter thousands of earthquake victims


Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay announced that about 7,000 people affected by the earthquake have been sheltered so far as part of the “My Home is Yours” campaign, which allows philanthropists to allocate their additional homes to the afflicted.

This came in a press conference at the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Coordination Center (AFAD) on the ongoing work following the earthquake.

Oktay noted that more than 15,000 homes have been registered in the “My Home is Yours” campaign, and 6,946 people have been housed so far in this framework.

The “My Home is Yours” campaign allows philanthropists who own additional homes to allocate them to those affected by the earthquake disaster for free, or to rent them at reasonable prices for them.

With regard to the damage caused by the earthquake, Oktay pointed out that the examination of one million and 805,842 buildings, including 5 million and 242,140 independent units, has been completed.

He stated that 653,000 homes had been identified, either destroyed or sustained medium or severe damage.

He also pointed out that 20% of the rubble caused by the earthquake had been removed.

One the other hand, the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) announced that an earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale hit Kahramanmaraş in the south of the country on Tuesday.

AFAD said that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 5.34 kilometers below the surface of the earth.

On February 6, two violent earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 hit southern Türkiye and northern Syria, followed by thousands of violent aftershocks, killing tens of thousands of people and leaving massive material damage.

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said then, that the earthquake is the largest disaster that hit the nation since 1939.

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