📩 24/11/2022 13:12
Environment, Urban Planning and Climate Change Minister Murat Kurum made a statement in Düzce, where the earthquake took place, “We carried out damage assessments in 321 buildings today during damage assessment studies after the Düzce earthquake. In Gölyaka, our 5 buildings and 8 independent sections seem to be heavily damaged. There is no damage to our dormitories. All public buildings, our schools, our hospitals were inspected. There are public buildings with partial damage… As of tomorrow, we aim to complete the structural damage within 300 days with our damage assessment team of 2 and report them to our citizens… To date, we have provided the transformation of approximately 3.2 million residences all over Turkey… We will be with our citizens. Our state will never take its hand off our citizens here and we will heal the wounds of all 85 million Düzce together. The fight against earthquakes is as important as the fight against terrorism. used his statements. After the press release, the Minister Institution made investigations in the districts and villages, listened to the problems of the citizens, and said that the necessary assistance would be provided.
Murat Kurum, Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, made investigations in the villages of Düzce's central district, where the 5.9 magnitude earthquake occurred, and received information from the authorities. Minister Kurum said, “We are getting support from you. It is a proud moment for us.” to a citizen who said, “We are always with you. We walked the road with you," and conveyed the wishes of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to get well soon.
Minister Murat Kurum first came to the Gölyaka district of Düzce and conveyed his wishes to the citizens. He went to the damaged buildings one by one and made investigations with Düzce Governor Cevdet Atay and Ministry officials.
After passing through Sarıdere Village, the Minister Institution ordered that the Sarıdere Village Mosque, which was badly damaged in the earthquake, should be demolished and built by the Special Provincial Administration as soon as possible with the support of İlbank. Examining the damaged houses here, the Minister Institution conveyed his wishes to the people of Sarıdere Village to get well soon. Speaking with an earthquake survivor here, Minister Kurum said, "My aunt, now Governor Bey, will carry your belongings. He will bring you a container here. You stay in the container. In the meantime, we will start the construction of his house quickly.” said. Minister Kurum stated that necessary assistance will be provided to meet the needs of other citizens whose houses have been damaged.
Minister Kurum and his entourage later moved to Çilimli district. Here with the citizens sohbet he did. The Minister Institution gave instructions to Çilimli District Governor Gizem Baykuş to evacuate the building so that citizens would not enter a damaged apartment. The Minister Institution listened closely to the citizens here and said, “Let's make our determinations. We have places to stay. You can apply to our District Governor or Mayor. Let's not enter this building, let no one sit. Let's take our measures, let's not go inside. Let us host you. Let's make our findings in detail tomorrow. We will act according to the outcome.” said.
Reminding that the earthquake victims were provided with food, the Minister Kurum said, "Let us not have any other problems, our citizens should not enter their damaged houses, they should enter with permission." he added. The Minister Institution conveyed his wishes to the citizens here and said, “If they become entitled with 5 years of grace and 20 years of zero interest, they make their payments in that way. With the approval of our President, nearly 50 percent subsidy is provided to our residents. Let nothing happen to you. So I hope we can quickly meet your other needs. Have no worries. If you have any request or request, you can convey it to our Governor, District Governor, Mayor, and deputies at any time.”
At the end of his visit in the earthquake zone, the Minister Institution went to Düzce City Square and received information about the works from Düzce Governor Cevdet Atay. Officials about the buildings in Düzce informed the Minister Institution.
“All of our institutions are at work”
The Minister Institution also received information from the authorities about the works in the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) Coordination Center Mobile Vehicle, which was established in the region. Afterwards, the Minister Kurum made a statement to the members of the press, conveying his wishes for a recovery due to the earthquake that took place in Gölyaka in Düzce, saying, “We say, "May God not let such accidents, troubles and disasters occur. As in every disaster, after the disaster in Düzce, all our institutions took part in their duties from the first moment of the disaster by ensuring the necessary coordination within the framework of our AFAD's Turkey disaster plan. When you look at the intensity, there was an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9. This earthquake was felt both in the center of Düzce and in nearby provinces, in Ankara, Istanbul, Sakarya, Bursa and Kocaeli.
“The majority of our citizens who were treated were discharged; 4 of our citizens continue to be treated at the hospital”
Minister Kurum stated that the citizens of Düzce acted very consciously against the earthquake and said, “They strictly follow what needs to be done in terms of how to act. I would like to thank all our brothers and sisters for their sensitivity. Our damage assessment teams have started work to complete the building damage quickly, hopefully within 2-3 days. Most of our citizens who were treated were discharged. 4 of our citizens continue to be treated at the hospital. I hope they will regain their health soon," he said.
“4.3 aftershocks with a magnitude of 138 occurred”
Minister Murat Kurum talked about the intensity of the earthquake and said, “4.3 aftershocks with a magnitude of 138 occurred. Our biggest consolation is that we did not lose any lives in these earthquakes. Hopefully, we will carry out the whole process together with our citizens in cooperation. At the moment, damage assessment works on the field have been started on the one hand. On the other hand, our AFAD and Red Crescent carry out work to meet the shelter and food needs of our citizens, under the coordination of our governorship. Tent, blanket and food needs are carried out in coordination in line with the demands received both in the center of Düzce and in all the districts affected by the earthquake.” said.
“We detected damage in 321 buildings today regarding damage assessments”
Stating that they started to work on damage assessment quickly, the Minister Kurum said, “Today, we carried out damage assessments in 321 buildings regarding damage assessments. In Gölyaka, our 5 buildings and 8 independent sections seem to be heavily damaged. Again, three of our buildings in Cumayeri, Gümüşova and the center are heavily damaged. We examined our dormitories. There is no damage to our dormitories. All public buildings, our schools, our hospitals were inspected. There are partially damaged public buildings. Public services will be provided here after the renovations regarding those buildings. Our governorship will carry out this coordination. Apart from that, after ensuring the safety of our children, our governor will be carrying out this process by informing our citizens.” he said.
“As of today, almost 95 percent of our city will be powered by electricity”
Minister Kurum said that most of the citizens were out due to the precautionary measure and said, “As of today, almost 95 percent of our city will be powered by electricity. Regarding drinking water, Iller Bank and our Municipality looked at infrastructure damage. There is damage to several partial drinking water networks. We will be carrying out the water supply business by completing those damages as of tonight, without cutting the water. The natural gas and electricity supply process will also be carried out in coordination in the settlements where there is no damage that we have determined. Our mukhtars, governors and AFAD will inform our citizens about the damage assessments on a daily basis.” he said.
“As of tomorrow, we aim to complete the structural damage within 300 days with our damage assessment team of 2”
Minister Kurum stated that citizens should enter their homes after the building detection works and said, “After all, aftershocks still continue. As of tomorrow, we aim to complete the structural damage within 300 days and notify our citizens with our damage assessment team of 2 people. On the other hand, there is property damage other than building damage. Our Governor's Office has also started the determination of property damage within the body of our Revenue Office. Hopefully, the damage to the goods will be detected in a short time. And depending on the damage, our AFAD will have managed this process by helping our citizens, as it did in previous earthquakes. As in every earthquake, we will do the same in Düzce as we did in Elazığ, Malatya and İzmir.” said.
“To date, we have provided the transformation of approximately 3.2 million residences all over Turkey”
The Minister Institution stated that thanks to the urban transformation and building inspection systems implemented since 2000, there has not been much damage in the earthquake in Düzce today and said, “The reason why the damage was not much is that 75 percent of the building stock here was built in accordance with the earthquake regulations after the earthquake. We have to learn to live with the earthquake. About 70 percent of our population, our lands, live in earthquake zones. We have lost 80 lives in earthquakes so far. In this sense, we are carrying out this struggle resolutely, increasing this awareness day by day, together with the urban transformation works we have carried out all over Turkey within the framework of the instructions of our President. To date, we have provided the transformation of approximately 3.2 million residences all over Turkey. In this context, I hope we will continue to carry out the earthquake process in the best way possible with the social housing we will build and the gathering areas in the national gardens. With our TOKİ, we had previously purchased 6 houses in Düzce. Within the scope of these residences, our citizens live in their homes in safety. We promised 728 residences in Düzce within the scope of 250 social housing units that we will build again. We are realizing the construction of these houses as soon as possible. We have also presented our 1100 residential plots to the opportunity of our citizens. Thankfully, we will be carrying out this process together with our citizens.” he said.
We will heal the wounds of Düzce together
Minister Murat Kurum, explaining the support that will be given to the district municipalities to provide good service to the citizens after the earthquake, said, “We provided a total of 1 million liras in aid to our Gölyaka, Gümüşova, Çilimli and Cumayeri municipalities, 4 million lira each after the disaster. It will be credited to their accounts tomorrow by our General Directorate of Iller Bank and hopefully it will continue to meet the needs of our citizens with our district municipalities. The main thing here is to make damage assessments quickly and to meet the food, shelter and heating needs of our citizens. Hopefully, we will continue our struggle together both before and after the earthquake. We will be with our citizens. Our state will never take its hand off our citizens here and we will heal the wounds of all 85 million Düzce together. The fight against earthquakes is as important as the fight against terrorism. used his statements.