The earthquake that toppled the southeast of Turkey left a death toll of more than 600 victims. Today the authorities have ceased their search for survivors and focused on helping the thousands of families that are without home.
Ercis was the most affected locality by the 7,2 seism that devastated the province of Van on October 23. Some shops have opened this Sunday when the power came back. However none of their 100,000 residents were prepared to return to the broken homes.
There are still seism aftermaths in the area, and life is far from normal. This Sunday a replica of the seism had a magnitude of 5,3. Fear has crept into the residents of Ercis as the winter approaches and temperatures fall rapidly during the night. The elderly and children are starting to get sick in the improvised camps.
Due to the delicate politics in the region help operatives are progressing slowly. During the first days of crisis State authorities reinforced their operations and asked international help for shelters, food an medicine. (AV)