Türkiye quakes cause $6.7B losses in agriculture, livestock: UN

Türkiye quakes cause $6.7B losses in agriculture, livestock: UN
# 22 March 2023 17:40 (UTC +04:00)

The devastating earthquakes that jolted southeastern Türkiye last month have inflicted around $6.7 billion (TL127.58 billion) in losses and damages to the region’s agriculture and livestock, the United Nations food agency noted Tuesday, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.

The Feb. 6 earthquakes were the worst natural disaster to strike modern-day Türkiye and hit parts of Syria, killing over 56,000 – the vast majority in Türkiye.

Nearly 300,000 buildings in Türkiye collapsed or were severely damaged in 11 provinces, leaving millions homeless.

The tremors inflicted damage and loss to livestock, agricultural equipment, and infrastructure, including greenhouses, irrigation, storage facilities and food and feed production facilities.

On Tuesday, the FAO Representative in Türkiye Viorel Gutu said the $6.7 billion in losses and damage covered crops, livestock production, food stocks, and agricultural infrastructure and assets.

Joining the bi-weekly U.N. press briefing from Ankara, Gutu said since the earthquakes, the organization had been on the ground in the affected provinces and working closely with the Presidency of Strategy and Budget and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to assess the situation.

“The FAO’s initial impact assessment report showed that the earthquakes had caused unimaginable devastation in 11 provinces, affecting 14.6 million people,” Gutu said.

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