Earthquake Disasters In Turkey Have Exposed Cracks In Erdogan Leadership
In his first remarks on television following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck sections of the country five days ago, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad chastised Western nations, according to Syrian official media. Assad said to reporters in front of a structure that had been devastated by the earthquake that Western nations “have no consideration for the human condition.” This assertion is consistent with remarks made by government representatives and state-run media in Syria, who blame US and EU sanctions for the dearth of humanitarian aid and the difficulty in obtaining rescue tools.
SAR Operations Delayed
A significant rescue effort spanning ten of Turkey’s 81 provinces was necessary. However, it took time for the response to grow, and several communities were inaccessible for days at a time. Eventually, teams from numerous additional nations and more than 30,000 members of the professional and volunteer sectors arrived. The tremors caused more than 6,000 structures to collapse, and workers from Turkey’s Afad disaster department were also affected.
In this Tweet, you can see the Turkey government is trying to rescue people:
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Even though the first several hours were crucial, search and rescue crews struggled to get through until day two or day three due to damaged roadways. Turkey has more earthquake experience than nearly any other nation, but according to the founder of the largest volunteer rescue organization, politics got in the way this time. The armed forces were in charge of the operation following the country’s last significant earthquake in August 1999, but the Erdogan administration has worked to limit their influence in Turkish society.
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Tax Quake Mystery
Erdogan, according to critics of the government including opposition CHP party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, has not “prepared the country for the earthquakes” despite 20 years in office. What happened to the considerable sums gathered through two “seismic solidarity taxes” introduced following the catastrophe in 1999 is one important unanswered question. Buildings were to be made earthquake-resistant with the help of the funding. One tax, still paid today by radio and TV stations and mobile phone companies, has contributed about 88 billion lire (£3.8 billion; $4.6 billion) to state coffers.
Through this video, you can feel the pain of Turkey individuals and how many struggles they face in near future:
In fact, it increased to 10% two years ago. However, the government has never given a complete account of how the funds were used. Urban planners have expressed their displeasure that regulations have not been followed in seismic zones and have called attention to a 2018 government amnesty that allowed infractions of the construction code to be erased with a fee while leaving about six million structures unaltered. Share this with your fam! Get the deets at Green Energy Analysis.