Rescue efforts end in Turkey’s İzmir, quake toll hits 114
Search and rescue efforts have been terminated in İzmir following the Oct. 30 earthquake that claimed 114 lives.
The final efforts at the Rıza Bey Apartment, one of the 17 buildings that collapsed in central İzmir, was ended and removal of the debris began, said Mehmet Güllüoğlu, the chairman of Turkey’s disaster agency AFAD.
The agency said 137 out of 1,035 injured citizens are being treated at hospitals.
Urban Minister Murat Kurum said no sign of life was seen in the collapsed buildings but the removal of debris continues with utmost care.
The minister said Turkey’s state-run property developer TOKİ would replace the damaged buildings within a year.
İzmir Mayor Tunç Soyer also thanked all people who took part in search and rescue efforts.