Van earthquake press release (31 October 2011, 12:00 noon)




NUMBER OF DEAD DISASTER VICTIMS : 601 (as of 12.00 noon)

To the Governorship of Van, firstly 6.989.250,00 USD Emergency Aid Allowance has been sent to be spent for urgent needs.

In accordance with the request of our benevolent Citizens and with the direction of our Prime Minister H.E. Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN, an aid campaign has been launched and as of first day 13.920.454,00 USD has been collected in accounts.

Search and rescue, medical and first aid personnel from 48 different provinces and 39 different institutions has been delivered to the region by air and land with 37 Turkish Airlines, 40 military and 18 special cargo airplanes and vehicles.

In order to address tents and blankets needs, shipment has being continued by 9 Civil and 3 military aircrafts. Also, the conveyance by land has been continuing.

To construct permanent houses, TOKİ has been given instruction and as soon as possible houses shall be supplied for disaster victims. So as to temporary sheltering, manufacturing of containers has been started and it is supposed that they shall be set up in affected area.

In addition to this, for the maintenance of 260 units of containers in Batman, 600.000 TL (322.580,00 Dollars) allowance has been transferred to Batman Governorship. When the maintenance of containers in Batman and manufacturing of containers in Kocaeli finish, they shall be delivered to disaster area.

In total 4.446 search-rescue personnel, 1.796 medical personnel, 18 search dog, 653 construction machinery and vehicle, 173 ambulance (7 of them air ambulance), 11 mobile hospital (6 of them in service), 143 generators, 77 reflectors, 141 wc-shower bath containers, 44.164 tents ( 9.436 of them are from abroad), 109 tent for general usage, 60 prefabricated houses, 15 house containers, 2.310 Mevlana type prefabricated houses, 165.531 blankets, 1.179 quilts, 37 portable kitchens, 3.051 kitchen set, 6.915 catalytic stoves, 5.792 sleeping bags, 1000 folding beds and 1 mobile oven has been delivered to the region.

For the reception of international assistance coming by air, Erzurum is determined to be logistics center and Erzurum Governorship is assigned to establish this center and transfer the aids to Van. In the case of exceeding capacity of Erzurum Airports determined as points of entry by our Presidency, it is planned that the Military Airport shall be alternative.

Within the context of international assistance, below aid-in-kind has been delivered to our country:

For the reception of international assistance coming by land, Logistics Reception Center has been established by Van Governorship.

The hot meals three times a day to the affected population has being distributed and delivery of food, food package and other consumption goods has been continuing.

In order to carry out public services and support disaster victims psychosocially, 30 units of field tent have delivered.

All public institutions send additional personnel to Van for the services not to be interrupted.

Until the next notice, all disaster and emergency centers of related ministries will be working according to 7 days 24 hours working principle in order to be able to carry out search-rescue, temporary sheltering, debris removal, medical and psychosocial support uninterruptedly.

In order to provide psychosocial and social support services, qualified and sufficient personnel are assigned under Van Governorship’s order.

A technical committee of 20 personnel from our Presidency and 200 technical personnel from different provinces has started preliminary damage assessment.

The operations were completed in Van Central district. The operations have being continued in 2 collapsed buildings in Erciş district.

In total 1.769 aftershock earthquakes have occurred, magnitude of 637 of them is between 2 and 3, magnitude of 850 of them is between 3 and 4, magnitude of 108 of them is between 4 and 5, magnitude of 7 of them is between 5 and 6. It is strictly required not to enter to damaged buildings.

Deep respect and appreciate.

İ. Ejder KAYA

Acting Director - General