Today, Turkey celebrated the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake disaster that claimed thousands of lives and caused massive damage to homes and property.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged that his government would continue to rebuild affected areas and provide safe shelter to every citizen whose home was damaged by the disaster.
This came in a blog post published by the Turkish President today, Tuesday, to mark the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck southern Turkey and northern Syria, measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale, which was followed hours later by another earthquake . With a magnitude of 7.6 and hundreds of violent aftershocks.
In his blog post, Erdogan expressed his compassion for the earthquake victims and stressed that such major disasters represent a challenge and a test at the same time for the unity, brotherhood and strength of the people.
He praised the position of the Turkish people, who “presented a historic stand” during the disaster, and stressed that the government is continuing its efforts with resolve and determination to implement the commitments and pledges made to the people. Is.
In this context, Erdogan indicated the continuation of reconstruction and revival works in the affected areas, stressing that they will continue until safe shelter is provided to every citizen whose house collapsed due to the disaster. .
At dawn on Tuesday, mosques across Istanbul witnessed commemorations and prayers for earthquake victims. At the Fatih Mosque in the European part of the city, Istanbul Mayor Davut Gul, its mufti Safi Erbagush and other officials participated with citizens in an event to pray for earthquake victims.
Like many mosques in Istanbul, the Grand Camlica Mosque in the Asian part of the city also witnessed a similar phenomenon after morning prayers.
After offering dawn prayers, verses from the Holy Quran were read for the peace of the souls of the victims, after which prayers were offered for them.
According to official government figures, the earthquake and its aftershocks killed 53,537 people in Turkey alone, and official sources indicate that about 690,000 people are still in temporary homes that were hastily built after the disaster.