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Turkey probes over 600 people after earthquake

Rubbles after earthquake in Turkey. Photo: BBC

The Turkey Government is investigating more than 600 people over buildings that collapsed in the deadly earthquake on 6 February.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 184 suspects including construction contractors and property owners had already been arrested.

The BBC reports that for years, experts had warned that many new buildings were not safe due to endemic corruption and government policies.

Mr Bozdag stated this in south-eastern Turkey, where the 7.8 magnitude quake struck; which was followed by another powerful tremor hours later.

The death toll in Turkey and Syria has now reached over 50,000.

Two weeks ago, the authorities issued 113 arrest warrants.

About 160,00 buildings collapsed or were severely damaged in Turkey after the quakes, raising questions about whether the natural disaster’s impact was made worse by human failings.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu