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Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority

Foundation Laid for 403 Earthquake Houses at Samsat 16 April 2018

Deputy Prime Minister Prof. Dr. Recep Akdağ, Parliament Deputy Speaker Ahmet Aydın and head of Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu attended the foundation laying ceremony for 403 earthquake housing at the Samsat township of the southeastern province of Adıyaman.

In his opening speech Akdağ said the government has launched the 403 houses project for the earthquake stricken area and added “we are now laying the foundations for 403 houses to be given to the families who lost their homes. Yet we have other brothers and sisters who are awaiting similar services. We are also making preparations for them. We have to monetary or financial problems. We also do not have any problems regarding the laws and the regulations. However, we do have problems in finding suitable land to put up the houses. With the will of Allah we will construct these houses this year and hand them to the citizens.”

Akdağ said there are one thousand 740 families who have earned the right to have a home and added “today we are starting to construct houses for 403 families. Very soon we will start Parliament Deputy Speaker Ahmet Aydın said the administration is making calculations so that the 403 families do not spend another winter in disaster containers in Samsat and added “Samsat deserves the best. Samsat is a town that has always supported us as a nation and has proven its loyalty to the state.”

Head of AFAD Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu also speaking at the occasion said everyone should be prepared with the notion that the area may be hit by an earthquake “That is why we all have to work hard. You cannot do disaster management unless you minimize the risks of disaster.”

After the speeches the foundations were laid with prayers.

After the earthquake in Samsat on March 2, 2017 that measures 5.5 on the Richter Scale studies were carried out on 2 thousand 195 houses. Authorities discovered that 651 houses in the town center and 779 in the villages were heavily damaged and had to be replaced.

After the quake authorities started work on rebuilding the damaged houses and providing new dwellings for the victims.

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