Unfortunately, two earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6, which occurred in the Pazardzhik and Elbistan districts of Kahramanmarash, caused great destruction in 10 different cities. According to the latest official figures, 6,234 citizens were killed and 37,011 citizens were injured due to the earthquake, due to which we are facing one of the largest disasters in the history of mankind. On the second day of the terrible disaster, many important events took place, especially in search and rescue operations. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that a state of emergency was declared for 3 months in 10 cities that experienced great destruction and pain due to the earthquake. On the third day of the catastrophe, which claimed the lives of thousands of people and caused great injury throughout Turkey, important events took place, information was exchanged and clarifications were made. Let’s look at the details together.

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Search and rescue work continues on the third day of the disaster.

It was reported that some settlements in the earthquake zone, especially in Khatai and Adiyaman, could not reach a sufficient number of search and rescue and support teams. On the third day of the earthquake, it is reported that search and rescue operations in these areas have intensified compared to the previous two days. However, unfortunately, it is stated that search and rescue operations in some regions are still insufficient.

Vice President Fuat Oktay shared with the public the latest situation in earthquake zones.

Oktay, who made a statement at the AFAD headquarters around 00.10, said that 5894 citizens were killed, 34810 citizens were injured, about 8 thousand of our citizens were rescued from the rubble. However, according to AFAD, in the following hours, unfortunately, the death toll rose to 6,234 and the number of injured to 37,011. On the other hand, Oktay stated that 16,139 search and rescue teams were on the ground, and added that rescue teams were sent to Adiyaman, Hatay and Kahramanmarash by air.

State of emergency decision published in the Official Gazette

On the second day of the disaster, President Erdogan announced that a 3-month state of emergency had been decided in the 10 provinces affected by the earthquake, and that the relevant processes would be completed in a short time for the decision to take effect. The President’s decision came into force after being published in the Official Gazette today at 00.38.

Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank said there was no damage to production facilities in the earthquake zone that could damage production.

Varank in his statement around 01.10 at night: “We see that there are no destructions at production facilities that will harm production. This pleases us. Currently, we see that production continues at other industrial sites, with the exception of industries dependent on natural gas, due to the fact that there are no natural gas supplies to some cities in the region.” He said.

Derya Yanik, Minister of Family Affairs and Human Services, made an important statement regarding allegations of “missing children” in earthquake zones.

Burn, on topic; “Unaccompanied children have become a hot topic today. I would like to make a special announcement about this. Now we are responsible for the children we took into our institutions in the earthquake zone and under supervision. In addition, as part of our work with the Ministry of Health, children removed from the rubble and taken to hospitals, whose treatment is completed, are not transferred to any third parties, except for the personnel of our Ministry, who say: “I am a neighbor, relative or relative.” We will safely deliver our children to their families after the identification of parents or relatives after they are delivered to our ministry.” used his statements.

Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu at about 00:50 reported on the work in infrastructure after the earthquake.

In description “There is logistical support both from the ground and from the air. The railroads also provided significant support. All teams of our ministry are now working on the ground. Our citizens keep the roads busy due to traffic problems. On the one hand, the event spread to a very wide geography. It became difficult to intervene. By evening, the fire in the harbor of Iskenderun was extinguished, but it grew again.“Using his statements, Karaismailoğlu said work to repair the runway at Hatay Airport, severely damaged by the earthquake, is ongoing.

AFAD released a “priority needs list” on 15 January.


In a post made on AFAD’s social media account, “For all your in-kind donations, you can apply for social assistance and solidarity funds in our provincial governorates, county governorates and all provincial AFAD offices.‘ was stated.

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, chairman of the Republican People’s Party, posted a video from the earthquake zone.


Chief Leader of the OppositionI told our mayors. They will do their best to provide resources. Erecting bureaucratic barriers? Do it, don’t listen. Be arrested if you should be arrested for finding bread, blankets in this ring” With his statements, he addressed the opposition municipalities. Kılıçdaroğlu also stated that “President Erdoğan bears the main responsibility” for the earthquake.

The Ministry of National Defense reported that the evacuation of wounded citizens by air continues.


In a statement made around 03:19, “Aircraft of our Air Force continue to evacuate our citizens affected by the earthquake. Our citizens, rescued from the earthquake in Kahramanmaras, were taken to Ankara.” statements have been included.

In the morning, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag announced that the deadline for trials in the earthquake area has been extended by 15 days, starting from the day of the earthquake.


Bozdag said in a statement:We will extend the entire duration of the trial by 15 days from the date of the earthquake so that lawyers registered with bar associations in the earthquake zone and lawyers registered with other bar associations and their relatives in the earthquake zone, as well as their clients, do not suffer loss of rights.” He said.

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