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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
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Quake victims to get new homes for Eid in Elazığ

A MAGNITUDE 6 EARTHQUAKE TURNED MUD-BRICK BUILDINGS INTO PILES OF RUBBLE, LEFT HUNDREDS HOMELESS AND KILLED 51 IN THE EASTERN PROVINCE OF ELAZIĞ. MEHMET ERSOY SAYS 3,001 PEOPLE CURRENTLY CARRY THE STATUS OF DISASTER VICTIM AND THUS HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE NEW HOMES PROVIDED FOR THEM.
19 August 2010, Thursday /TODAY’S ZAMAN
The keys for 700 houses constructed after a devastating earthquake in the eastern province of Elazığ on March 8 will be delivered to people whose homes collapsed in the disaster during Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic holiday that follows the month of Ramadan, considered holy by Muslims.
Head of the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Situations Directorate Mehmet Ersoy announced that 300 additional homes will be ready in November. He said there are currently 3,001 people who have been accorded the status of disaster victim and thus have the right to have new homes provided for them. Ersoy stated that new homes for 1,030 of these individuals were being built by the Prime Ministry’s Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ), while the remaining 1,500 or so homes were being constructed by the Elazığ Provincial Administration.

He added that 700 new houses would be completed by Eid, but noted that not all the victims may be able to move in as quickly as hoped as there are several bureaucratic procedures involved. He also said TOKİ had worked with unprecedented efficiency, noting that a total of 2,000 homes would be ready for earthquake victims by the end of the same year the disaster took place.

Ersoy explained that the new homes would be one-storey structures built on adjacent lots. In places where this is not possible, the homes will be built where indicated by locals.

He also said there was not a single home that was built specifically as part of disaster relief efforts that was not being used to house earthquake victims. “We were particularly careful about this in villages. However, it could be different in district and city centers in the province because not all of the homes in the newly built complexes were constructed to house disaster victims,” he affirmed.

Ersoy also announced that individuals who could not move to their new homes due to legal or bureaucratic reasons will be given assistance with finding rentals. Such individuals will be provided with government support until they can settle into their new homes.

 
 
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