Turkey pledges safer homes after quake

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

OKCULAR, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's leaders are promising to build quake-proof homes, in the aftermath of an earthquake that shattered mud-brick homes in the eastern part of the country.

Yesterday's quake, with a magnitude of 6.0, killed 51 people.

Turkish officials made similar promises after devastating earthquakes in 1999, but there's still a lack of sturdy homes near the country's two major fault lines.

The quake hit before dawn yesterday. One 17-day-old baby survived because she was cushioned between her mother and grandmother while they slept.

In villages that were hard-hit by the quake, hundreds of animals remain buried under the rubble. In line with tradition in poor, rural households in the areas, the animals were kept on the ground floors of houses -- for their own warmth and the warmth of the owners living above them.

For residents of the area, the loss of livestock will mean hardship and even desperation for a long time to come.

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