Life is slowly beginning to return to normal in the eastern provinces of Elazığ and Malatya, where a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit last Friday. Search and rescue efforts came to close as crews combed the last remaining sites of rubble in neighborhoods around Elazığ on Monday, as the ultimate death toll came to 41.
The government has now turned its focus to addressing survivors' most urgent need: accommodation. Officials announced Tuesday the launch of plans to reconstruct new homes aimed to be completed by the end of 2020.
Those who managed to escape from collapsed buildings or are too scared to go back into their damaged homes are being sheltered by tents set up by various government agencies at sports halls, schools and other public spaces opened up for survivors in the aftermath of the disaster.