Before and after: Devastation caused by Turkey earthquake in Hatay - in pictures

Scenes show how a once thriving province now no longer stands

This area in Hatay has seen the area flattened owing to the earthquake last year.  Google/ Reuters/ Antonie Robertson/ The National
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On February 6 last year, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Hatay and 10 other provinces in southern Turkey, killing more than 50,000 people. A year on, the country is trying to rebuild and recover from the devastation and displacement of thousands of residents and refugees.

Parts of Hatay remain in ruins, with badly damaged buildings awaiting demolition.

In the weeks after the disaster, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to rebuild 680,000 homes across 11 provinces over two years, including about 250,000 in Hatay. Many of the residents now live in temporary homes.

The leader announced the completion of 7,275 houses in Hatay on Sunday, saying he will gradually deliver 40,000 houses throughout the region as soon as their construction is completed.

About 75,000 houses will be built over the next two months, Mr Erdogan said. The government plans to deliver a total of 200,000 houses this year.

Turkey's minister of urban planning Mehmet Ozhaseki told reporters on Friday that 390,000 families are registered to receive houses.

Local leaders estimate that Hatay's population has shrunk to 250,000 from 1.7 million since the quake. By November 2023, about 190,000 were housed in containers.

In Antakya, a city steeped in history and culture in Hatay province, the earthquake caused colossal architectural damage, partially destroying landmarks, such as the Habib-i Najjar Mosque, the 19th-century St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and the city's main synagogue.

Updated: February 06, 2024, 9:55 AM