Türkiye news today is closely examined, especially in relation to earthquake events. Especially Kahramanmaraş earthquakes are wondered by many people.
The earthquakes in question occurred in February 2023 with an interval of nine hours and their epicenters are Pazarcık and Ekinözü districts of Kahramanmaraş, respectively. After the earthquakes that happened in Türkiye, more than 38,000 aftershocks, which magnitudes of up to 6.7 happened.
The first Pazarcik-centered earthquake was felt in a wide are which including Türkiye and Syria, it seen,
As well. Two major earthquakes caused damage in an area equal to the total area of Germany in an area of approximately 350,000 km2 and affected 14 million people, which is 16% of Türkiye’s population.
At least 35,355 buildings were destroyed in Türkiye, including Gaziantep Castle, Habib-i Neccar Mosque, Kahramanmaraş Grand Mosque, Hatay Parliament Building, Şirvan Mosque, Adıyaman Grand Mosque, Elbistan Grand Mosque and the Latin Catholic Church in Iskenderun. many historical buildings were badly damaged or destroyed.
While 102 countries offered assistance to Türkiye, 9,315 search and rescue personnel from 88 countries were dispatched to earthquake zones. Dozens of countries have sent first aid supplies, equipment, medical teams and issued condolence messages.
Which Countries Came for Help
Türkiye news today, many people want to learn especially about earthquakes, they are curious about the latest situation.
Many countries came to help after the earthquakes. Leaders from numerous nations conveyed their heartfelt sympathies, while over 60 countries extended tangible aid and humanitarian assistance. The United Kingdom,
Has made a commitment to dispatch search and rescue experts. Plus with necessary equipment and trained rescue dogs. In addition to that, the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, has issued orders for Russian forces stationed in Syria to provide assistance in the ongoing rescue operations. Also,
- South Korea,
- United Arab Emirates,
also offered financial support and sent additional personnel the efforts. Also, Qatar said that sending 10,000 prefabricated houses to earthquake victims in Türkiye and Syria.
At 6th February Türkiye announced a period of seven days dedicated to national mourning starting. Moreover, in a demonstration of solidarity with Türkiye, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus observed seven days of national mourning, while at Kosovo and Bangladesh one day of mourning observed.
Edi Rama who is the Prime Minister of Albania, announced that February 13, declared as national mourning for the victims. On 13th February, the authorities in North Macedonia announced the declaration of national mourning in remembrance of the lives lost in Türkiye and Syria.
It was also emphasized that the flags would be lowered at half-mast in the country and at the diplomatic representations of North Macedonia abroad.
Türkiye news today is also closely followed in relation to the elections. In the general elections held on 14 May, majority vote was not achieved. For this reason, for the second time voters will go to the polls. It will be held on May 28. In the second round of elections, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu will be present as candidates.
The votes cast abroad for the second round are also wondered within the scope of Türkiye news today. For the election to be held on 8 May by the Supreme Election Council, ballot boxes were set up at 167 points in Türkiye’s 151 representatives in 73 countries.
Voters registered in the foreign electoral register and present in Türkiye on the election date will be able to vote at any customs gate where the YSK decides to set up a ballot box. Individuals registered in the different countries electoral register have the opportunity to exercise their voting rights not only at representative offices established abroad with designated ballot boxes but also at customs gates where such ballot boxes are made available.
Voting at foreign representative offices is permitted during the specified dates announced for each representative office. The voting hours are from 09:00 to 21:00 local time on both weekdays and weekends. However, in cities affiliated with consulate generals, voting hours are from 09:00 to 18:00 local time.
After the voting period concludes in the country on May 28, the counting and recording of ballot boxes transported to Türkiye from abroad with sealed openings will be conducted by the ballot box committees. These procedures will be carried out under the oversight of the Overseas District Election Board, following the general principles, and will commence after 17:00.
Second Round Selections
Türkiye news today is closely related to the current elections. Voting is scheduled to commence at 08:00 tomorrow and conclude at 17:00 nationwide in Türkiye. However, even after the designated closing time, voters who are waiting in line at the ballot box will be able to cast their votes sequentially after being verified by the polling station supervisor.
Eligible voters can exercise their right to vote by presenting any official document that displays their Republic of Türkiye Identity Number, ensuring a confident verification of their identity. Importantly, the entrance to the voting premises is strictly prohibited for individuals carrying video recorders or communication devices such as mobile phones, cameras, or film cameras.
Such devices going to be left to the ballot box committee to be given after the voting process. The voters will put the ballot paper in the envelope and put it in the ballot box after choosing the presidential candidates Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on the ballot.
Mobile ballot boxes will be created in this election for voters who are bedridden due to their illness or disability. These voters will be able to cast their votes in mobile ballot boxes. In addition, visually impaired people will be able to vote for the first time in this election with the template prepared for them, as it was applied in the 14 May elections.