Turkish president attends groundbreaking, breaks fast with quake survivors

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spent the first day of
Ramadan with earthquake survivors in the Kahramanmaras province, as
he inaugurated the groundbreaking ceremony for building houses in
the quake-hit province Thursday, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.

Speaking to earthquake survivors living at the container complex
in the Karacasu district, Erdogan said there is no rest or pause
until the quake-hit provinces are reconstructed and revived.

“Let’s not forget that pain is relieved through sharing. With
this understanding, we want to turn Ramadan into a solidarity
campaign for the earthquake-stricken areas,” he said, adding that
municipalities across the country have decided to carry out their
Ramadan activities in the quake-hit areas.

The president pledged to heal the wounds caused by last month’s
massive earthquakes in southern regions of the country.

Citing the government’s previous rehabilitation efforts after
the series of natural disasters that have occurred in Türkiye such
as the wildfires and floods, Erdogan said they will also heal the
wounds from the Feb. 6 earthquakes in a short time.

“There is no other country in the world other than Türkiye that
can come to the stage of rebuilding in such a short time in the
face of a disaster that has caused such severe destruction in such
a large area,” he told the first groundbreaking ceremony for 17,902
disaster and village houses in southern Kahramanmaras province.

The deadly quakes will not take away Türkiye’s will to succeed
and its determination to actualize its vision of the “Century of
Türkiye” initiative, Erdogan said, adding: “While strengthening our
existing organized industries, we are establishing a new organized
industrial zone in (Kahramanmaras’ district of) Afsin.”

“We have rolled up our sleeves to build 77,057 disaster houses
and 30,310 village houses in Kahramanmaras after the damage
assessments,” he added.

Erdoğan reiterated his pledge to hand over quake victims’
permanent houses within a year.

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