'Don't Panic' Warning from AFAD to Citizens in Düzce, Where Aftershocks Continue

AFAD's Warning to Citizens Do Not Panic in Düzce
'Don't Panic' Warning from AFAD to Citizens in Düzce, Where Aftershocks Continue

Orhan Tatar, General Manager of AFAD Earthquake and Risk Reduction, noting that aftershocks may continue for 1-2 weeks in Düzce, “Perhaps some of these aftershocks may exceed 4. In this sense, our citizens should not panic. "These are normal after such earthquakes," he said.

AFAD Earthquake and Risk Reduction General Manager Orhan Tatar, who made investigations in Sarıdere village of Gölyaka district, said that all state institutions moved to Düzce after the earthquake.

Stating that the works have been carried out step by step since then, Tatar noted that the necessary coordination has been ensured throughout Düzce.

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Orhan Tatar, General Manager of AFAD Earthquake and Risk Reduction, stated that the teams in each region are doing serious work and said, “Damage assessment works have been completed to a large extent, and will probably be completed throughout Düzce by noon tomorrow. According to the resulting table, there are buildings with heavy, medium, little damage and no damage. These will be gradually demolished in order. Today, the demolition work of the mosque in Sarıdere village of Gölyaka continues. On the one hand, there are roof damages in Gölyaka, other districts and the center. Regarding him, our state provides certain support.” he said.

“Everything Is Under Our Control Here”

Stating that the work on damage assessment and damage has been completed in Gölyaka, Tatar stated that they are in the process of providing psychosocial support to the citizens.
Tatar pointed out that after the earthquake, statements were made on social media and some platforms that made the citizens panic, and said that it was not possible to understand this.

Stating that they see this after every earthquake, Tatar said, “Our citizens should not give credence to any statement or post made by the official institutions of the state, other than AFAD. Because everything is under our control here, the works are carried out regularly, step by step. Coordination meetings are held with all stakeholders and institutions several times a day. The shortcomings of the citizen are identified directly. Everyone needs to help each other here. Disaster management is a team game. You cannot distinguish anyone in this.” said.

Stating that the processes are different after disasters, Tatar said that the post-earthquake intervention phase seems to have been completed.

“All Demands in the Region Have Been Fulfilled”

Tatar shared the following information about the studies: “Currently, psychosocial support, a small number of remaining harm and damage assessment studies are continuing. All of these are carried out in a coordinated manner. We are now in the full recovery phase. After this stage, our citizens will be provided with rental assistance and container support. All departments of our state are in great coordination regarding these.

Now life is back to normal. When you look at it, our citizens in Gölyaka and other districts go to work when they get up in the morning, I think schools will start to open from next week. Our Ministry of National Education will make the necessary announcement in this regard. From that point of view, everything is progressing step by step in an orderly manner here.”

“Aftershocks are common after such earthquakes”

Noting that more than 280 aftershocks have occurred in the city so far, Tatar noted that only 2 of them were 4 and above.

Orhan Tatar, General Manager of AFAD Earthquake and Risk Reduction, warned the earthquake victims: “These aftershocks may continue for the next 1-2 weeks. So an aftershock of more than 300 may occur after this main shock. Perhaps some of these aftershocks may exceed 4. In this sense, our citizens should not panic. These are common after such earthquakes. It is possible to see aftershocks up to 1 degree below it.”

Günceleme: 27/11/2022 13:38

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