The death toll from the earthquake that struck the Kurdish province of Van last weekend has risen to nearly 600 with more than 4,000 people injured. Thousands are homeless and at the mercy of sub-zero temperatures at night.
- There would have been fewer deaths if there was less sub-standard and unlicensed construction and more decent housing.
- Victims are angry at the government’s slow response – many went for days without even tents.
- For several days the government blocked most foreign aid – only now is it being allowed in.
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