Arrest warrants for architects over collapsed buildings in Turkey earthquake

Turkish government officials have issued 113 arrest warrants for people involved with the construction of buildings that collapsed in last week’s earthquake – including architects, contractors and engineers – reports claim

Observers have already blamed poor construction methods – as well as government failures – for the deaths of thousands of people in the Turkish earthquake.

More than 33,000 people are known to have died in last Monday’s earthquakes (6 February) in Turkey and Syria, with some estimates predicting this number will double.

Turkish police have already arrested at least 12 people linked to the construction of some of the approximately 25,000 buildings destroyed or seriously damaged in the 7.8- and 7.6-magnitude quakes, the BBC reported.

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