NYTimes: Amnesty in Turkey for Construction Violations Is Scrutinized After Quake
In his presidential campaign in 2019, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan raved about laws he passed that forgive property owners for not updating construction codes. These same codes are said to have possibly alleviated some of the toll that the recent earthquake took on Turkish infrastructure, and ultimately lives. Now, contractors are being arrested, however, they argue that they would not have gotten away with the code violations had there not been higher officials on their side. Erdogan’s opposition has already started using his reckless construction amnesties as fuel against his current re-election campaign for May, 2023. Others are calling for government officials to be held responsible, rather than just the builders themselves. To read the full article, click here. To read more about disaster preparedness, click here.