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About 600,000 apartments destroyed, damaged in quakes — Turkish Interior Ministry

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that the assessment of damage caused by earthquakes in Kahramanmaras is 75-80% complete

ANKARA, February 23. /TASS/. Approximately 600,000 apartments have been destroyed or sustained serious damage and will have to be demolished as a result of earthquakes in Turkey, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told the TRT TV channel on Wednesday.

"The assessment of damage caused by the earthquakes in Kahramanmaras is 75-80% complete. According to obtained data, 600,000 separate units (mostly apartments - TASS) have been destroyed and should be urgently demolished or sustained medium or severe damage. If we add retail facilities to this figure, it will come to 750,000," the official said.

A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake rocked Turkey’s Kahramanmaras province, located in the country’s southeast, on February 6. The tremors, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, were felt in ten provinces as well as in neighboring countries, including Syria. On Monday, two more quakes were recorded in Hatay province. The latest reports say that over 43,500 people have lost their lives in Turkey.