Massive Evacuation Efforts Underway as 2 Million Flee Quake-Hit Provinces

The number of people who were evacuated from the 11 quake-hit provinces has exceed 2 million nearly 25 days after the earthquakes that affected nearly 13.5 million people.

The death toll has risen to 45,089 after the devastating earthquakes that rattled Türkiye in February, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said, informing that the tremor-hit region faced over 11,000 aftershocks since the disaster.

Eleven provinces in the country’s southeastern Anatolian region were strongly hit by 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes, respectively. Hatay and Kahramanmaraş were two cities most severely hit by the earthquakes. Adana, Gaziantep, Adıyaman, Osmaniye, Malatya, Kilis, Şanlıurfa, Diyarbakır and Elazığ were other cities hit by the disaster.

Evacuation efforts started immediately in the 11 provinces after the quakes, the number of people who were evacuated by official institutions and who registered as a victim in the provinces they went to by their own means reached 1.9 million.

It is estimated that this figure exceeds 2 million including those who have not registered.