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New 5.6 magnitude earthquake hits Turkey, killing one and injuring over 100

According to authorities, a new earthquake of 5.6 magnitude has hit Turkey. It killed one person and injured 110 others.

According to the disaster management agency AFAD, more than 22 buildings were damaged and 32 people have been rescued.

Three weeks ago, earthquakes of magnitude 7.8 and 7.6 struck the southern provinces. This disaster left more than 44,000 dead in Turkey and over 50,000 across neighboring Syria.

The new quake was felt in the Yesilyurt District of the Malatya Province, a region that had been affected by previous earthquakes.


“It is important to not enter the damaged structures within the region; it’s important not be around risky building,” AFAD advised on Twitter.

Image: A car was damaged when a building collapsed. Pic: Haytap/Reuters
Image: Dust from the collapsed buildings rises across Malatya Pic: Twitter:@Zarkusfb/Reuters

After entering to retrieve belongings, a father and his daughter were trapped beneath the rubble of a four storey building, Yesilyurt’s mayor Mehmet Cinar told HaberTurk television.

According to the disaster management agency, its teams were dispatched to the area where 650 workers are participating in rescue and search operations.

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According to AFAD, aftershocks are still a danger to safety. There have been a total 9,136 aftershocks since the initial quakes struck on 6 February.

More than 500,000 people were evacuated from Turkey’s 11 worst-affected provinces, which includes Malatya.

Over 160,000 buildings collapsed, and 184 people were arrested for complicity.

Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan was criticised by residents for his slow response to the first earthquakes.

In June, both presidential and parliamentary elections will be held.

A delegation from Turkey’s High Election Board will draft a report about whether it is possible to hold them in the earthquake zone. They were due to begin collecting material from affected areas on Monday.


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