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They spread panic about the earthquakes, 4 people are arrested in Turkey
Four people were arrested in Turkey after Turkish officials discovered social media accounts where they had shared “provocative posts aimed at inciting fear and panic. Authorities added that they have launched an extensive investigation into the social media accounts, but did not say what the content of the posts was.
Social media in Turkey has been flooded with posts from people complaining about the lack of search and rescue efforts in their areas, especially in Hataj. The Turkish police stated:
"Address and location information for citizens seeking help is immediately ascertained and coordination is done."
In recent years, the Turkish authorities have not allowed posts on social networks, especially those they have considered to support "terror". However, such an attitude has led to accusations that freedom of expression has been limited.
After the earthquake, President Erdogan declared a state of emergency in Turkey, for three months, in the ten affected cities, among them Gaziantep, Adana and Diyarbakır. Her announcement comes at a time when efforts are continuing in Turkey and Syria to rescue people who are believed to be trapped under the rubble of thousands of buildings destroyed by powerful earthquakes.
So far, there are more than 5,000 victims, most of them in Turkey, where about 5,800 buildings collapsed and more than 20,000 people were injured. And today, Erdogan announced that at the moment, 70 countries have offered help to search for survivors. The Turkish state plans to open hotels in the Antalya area to accommodate people affected by this natural disaster.
Earlier in the day, the Turkish government said more than 13 million people were affected by the powerful earthquakes in Turkey, with some roads still inaccessible and teams working to reopen. There are regions that were left without water. UNICEF fears that thousands of children may have been killed by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.