In Antalya hotels, 51,000 beds have been allocated for citizens affected by the earthquake in Turkey, refugees have already begun to be settled in hotels. This was stated in the Turkish media by the head of the local Foreign Ministry, Mevlut Cavusoglu, who reported on the work done, including the meeting with representatives of the tourism sector in Antalya.
“Hotels and guest houses of state institutions that are closed due to winter season, will be allocated to citizens affected by the earthquake. We, as a ministry, are doing our best,” the Foreign Minister said.
Having reported on the offer of assistance – and it was offered by teams from 76 countries and many have already begun to act, teams from 36 countries arrived, including Russia, Mr. Cavusoglu explained about the hotels. “We started a study to provide people with temporary accommodation opportunities in different cities. The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, coordinated the work on the ground, and we worked on accommodation in hotels in the Antalya and Mugla region,” the minister said.
He also reported that work in Antalya started on Tuesday morning, covering Antalya, Alanya and other resorts. As a result, 51 thousand places were allocated for the evacuees and those left homeless. Basically, we are talking about hotels temporarily closed for the winter season, which will open in an emergency order, in a day or two, some of the open hotels are also involved.
Refugees are delivered to resort Turkey by buses and planes. At the same time, the Foreign Minister promised to think about what would be possible to do if the need for housing remains “in the medium and long term”, that is, by the start of the season.
Recall, early on Monday morning, a natural disaster hit Turkey: a terrible earthquake, the strongest in the last 20 years. The magnitude of the earthquake was 7.4 points, which is a lot, and the “echo” of tremors was felt in more than 10 countries. At the same time, according to the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 occurred at 04:17 in the Pazardzhik region of Kahramanmaras. It was followed almost immediately, at 04:26, by another 6.4 magnitude earthquake, the epicenter of which is located in the Nurdagi region of Gaziantep, near the Turkish-Syrian border. Aftershocks were felt throughout Turkey, right up to the resort provinces. The situation was aggravated by the fact that the earthquake occurred in the early morning, when everyone was still sleeping, so the preliminary number of dead and injured continues to grow. Read the details here.
Further, another earthquake occurred at 13:23, and the magnitude of the earthquake was registered as 7.8, the epicenter is the Elbistan district of Kahramanmarash province,” they say. It is also reported that new tremors are felt in Damascus, Latakia and several other provinces of Syria. And also in the capital of Turkey, Ankara, and in its main resort – Antalya. (Read the details here). Note that the number of only victims of the earthquake at the moment is approaching 35 thousand people; accordingly, the number of those left homeless – those who are supposed to be settled in hotels – is even greater.
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