Turkish government orders arrest of builders

As rescuers continued to pull a lucky few alive from the rubble, six days after a couple of earthquakes will devastate southeastern Turkey and northern Syria, Turkish authorities detained or issued arrest warrants for some 130 people allegedly involved in the construction of buildings that collapsed and buried their occupants.

The death toll from the earthquakes on Monday it reached 33,185 people on Sunday morning, with more than 92,600 injured, and it was certain that it would continue to rise as more bodies were found.

Desperation was also fueling outrage at the slow pace of rescue efforts, with attention focused on who was responsible for not better preparing people in an earthquake-prone region. The quake also hit an area of ​​Syria that had been suffering from civil war for years.

“Standards met”

Although on paper Turkey has building regulations that meet current earthquake engineering standards, these protocols are often not enforced, which explains why thousands of buildings they collapsed to the side or top to bottom on their residents.

Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Sunday that 131 people are under investigation for possible responsibility in the construction of the buildings, the Anadolu news agency reported. He added that three have been arrested for trial, seven have been detained and another seven have been barred from leaving the country.

Bozdag has vowed to punish all those responsible, and the prosecution has begun taking samples of construction materials to use as evidence.. Although the earthquakes were strong, victims, experts and people across Turkey blamed poor construction for multiplying the devastation.

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