MEE: The soaring rise and devastating fall of Turkey’s building boom | The Big Picture EP7


How does a country with the world’s best earthquake engineers and the strictest building codes fail to prepare for a historic earthquake?


That’s the question many Turkish citizens are asking after magnitude 7.8 and 7.7 earthquakes devastated much of its southeastern provinces on February 6. Tens of thousands of buildings were levelled, trapping and killing more than 40,000 people beneath them – the highest recorded death toll from a natural disaster in the country’s history.


But behind this tragic toll is a dark history of negligence, corruption and bad policy that not only stopped Turkey from preparing for the inevitable, it created a ticking time bomb that would one day explode.


In this episode of The Big Picture, we examine what should have been done differently and talk to survivors and experts about who they believe is responsible.


*** Correction: Yusuf Turan’s relatives were recovered by rescue efforts three days after the earthquakes, though he continued to sleep next to the rubble of their homes

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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.