Personnel conduct search and rescue operations in debris of the building where Atakas Hatayspor's Ghanaian football player Christian Atsu and sporting director Taner Savut live, in Hatay following 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes hit Turkiye’s Kahramanmaras, on February 12, 2023. Early Monday morning, Feb. 06, a strong 7.7 earthquake, centered in the Pazarcik district, jolted Kahramanmaras and strongly shook several provinces, including Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Adana, Adiyaman, Malatya, Osmaniye, Hatay, and Kilis. Later, at 13.24 p.m. (1024GMT), a 7.6 magnitude quake centered in Kahramanmaras' Elbistan district struck the region. Turkiye declared 7 days of national mourning on Feb. 06 after deadly earthquakes in southern provinces. (Credit: AA)

Turkey will take years to recover from the earthquake. The world must help

Turkey's struggle to heal from this calamity is only just beginning, while the country faces the massive task of preparing for future disasters

A historic challenge faces Turkey in the wake of a massive earthquake that has caused an unprecedented level of destruction. Apocalyptic scenes continue to emerge from the affected areas. The human cost is immense, and the national trauma will be long-lasting.

Amid the immense damage, Turkey will need to create a much more comprehensive urbanisation policy, while improving and strictly implementing construction regulations. Recovery will be a long struggle, but one that cannot be avoided, as most of the country sits on major fault lines. In this process, friends and allies of Turkey must continue to stand by the country for the long haul.

The scale and scope of this month’s earthquake was unprecedented. Millions of people across southern…

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[Middle East Eye, February 20, 2023]

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