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


A new 5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck Turkey, killing one person and injuring 110, according to authorities.

More than two dozen buildings were destroyed and 32 injured citizens have been rescued, said the country’s disaster management agency, AFAD.

The disaster comes three weeks after earthquakes with magnitudes of 7.8 and 7.6 ripped through its southern provinces, leaving more than 44,000 people dead in Turkey, and more than 50,000 across the country and neighbouring Syria.

The fresh quake was centred in the Yeşilyurt district of southeastern Turkey’s Malatya province – an area that had already been hit by the prior ones.

“It is important not to enter the damaged structures in the region; it is important not to be around risky buildings,” AFAD warned on Twitter.

A car damaged by a building that collapsed due to the 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Malatya is shown in this video screengrab obtained from social media, in Malatya, Turkey, February 27, 2023. Haytap/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
A car damaged by a building that collapsed. Pic: Haytap/Reuters
Dust from collapsed buildings rise across Malatya after a new earthquake, in Turkey February 27, 2023, in this still image obtained from a social media video. Twitter/@Zarkusfb/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
Dust from collapsed buildings rise across Malatya . Pic: Twitter:@Zarkusfb/Reuters

A father and daughter became trapped under the rubble of a four-storey building after entering to collect belongings, Yesilyurt’s mayor, Mehmet Cinar, told HaberTurk television.

The disaster management agency said its teams have been dispatched to the region, where 650 workers are involved in search and rescue operations that are ongoing in seven buildings.

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Aftershocks continue to pose a safety risk, with a total of 9,136 aftershocks occurring since 6 February, when the initial quakes hit, according to AFAD.

More than 500,000 people have been evacuated from Turkey’s 11 affected provinces, including Malatya, AFAD said in a statement.

More than 160,000 buildings have collapsed and 184 people suspected of complicity have been arrested.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was criticized by residents for the slow response to the initial earthquakes.

Presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled to occur in June.

A report on whether they can be feasibly held in the quake zone will be drafted by a delegation from Turkey’s High Election Board – who were scheduled to start gathering material from quake-affected areas on Monday.

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