Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presented a plan to prepare Istanbul for the expected earthquake. Geologists warn that in the coming years, perhaps decades, it will happen and its consequences will be catastrophic. In one of the world’s largest cities, it could claim up to 100,000 victims.
– We will build 400,000 houses in areas designated as reserve zones in Istanbul, renovate 350,000 and provide 100,000 social houses in our metropolis – announced the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoganpresenting a plan to prepare the city for the expected earthquake.
– The tremors of February 6 reminded us of the threat of earthquakes. After such a major disaster, it is unthinkable that anything will be the same as before. The recent earthquakes in the Marmara region show that we need to further accelerate our work, said the president, quoted by the Hurriyet daily on Monday.
“Preparing for earthquakes is not a choice for us, but an obligation.”
– Preparing for earthquakes is not for us choice, but an obligation. Our country lives with earthquakes. About 66 percent of the country is an earthquake zone, and 71 percent of the population lives in quake-prone areas, the president added.
The costs of the transformation to prepare Istanbul for an earthquake range around two million lira (approx. EUR 62,000) for each house.
After the February earthquake on the south Turkey Geologists warned that the earthquake expected in Istanbul – a metropolis of approximately 16 million inhabitants – could kill up to 100,000 people. The city authorities intensified preparatory work and inspection of the most endangered facilities.
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