Could the Aftermath of Catastrophe be Less Annihilating? Examining the Severity of Earthquakes in Line with Various Mitigation Strategies in Turkey


Authors : Urvashi Maheshwari

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 2 - February

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7710402

The paper examines the severity of earthquakes in Turkey along with different timelines and numerous policies that were made to combat them. It lays special emphasis on the implementation of earthquake tax introduced in 1999 after the Kocaeli earthquake and the controversies surrounding it. At the time when Turkey was hit by a catastrophic magnitude of 7.4 and thousands were killed the Turkish army along withnumerous foreign NGOs played a major role in providing immediate support in contrast to the present scenario where due to government constraints both of the institutions couldn’t be mobilized with immediate effect. It also brings in the discussion about the negligence from the administrative side in construction laws and how it has now left millions of Turkish people homeless while briefly touching upon different construction strategies implemented by Japan.

Keywords : Turkey; Syria; Earthquake; Taxing; Policies; Aid; Humanity; Administration.

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