Special report: Turks frustrated by government’s earthquake response
One teacher from a town near Van, who arrived in the city in an attempt to find a family member who was trapped under building ruins said that it is ‘obvious that hundreds are still trapped, and that thousands are dead.’
Despite the relative calm, many residents are complaining over the fact that the rescue efforts are ‘not serious”.
Dugan Yalma, who witnessed rescue workers attempting to pull people out of a collapsed building in the heart of Van, and who was unaware that he was speaking to an Israeli reporter, told Haaretz that ‘there are simply not enough professionals. ‘
“They work without careful handling. I do not understand why more international crews have not arrived.
The Israelis have an excellent rescue team, why isn’t [Prime Minister] Erdogan allowing them to come?’