5.7 Quake in Turkey Leaves Japanese Aid Worker Dead

Members of the the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation emergency team search for survivors under collapsed buildings in Turkey. Photo by: Mustafa Ozturk / IHH / CC BY

Another earthquake hit Turkey on Wednesday (Nov. 9), leaving 12 people dead, 23 injured and 100 missing.

Among those who died was 41-year-old Japanese doctor and aid worker Atsushi Miyazaki, who came to Turkey in the aftermath of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last October that claimed 600 lives. He died in the hospital after being trapped for hours under the rubble of the five-story Bayram Hotel in Van province.

Miyazaki’s female colleague, Miyuki Konnai, sported slight injuries. Association for Aid and Relief, Japan, the aid group Miyazaki and Konnai work for, said she is already in stable condition.

A number of people however, including journalists, remain trapped, with some sending text messages and tweets for help.

Alper Kucuk of the Turkish Red Crescent Society said the organization is sending two more planeloads of relief supplies and rescue personnel to Van, which has become the headquarters of relief operations. These are apart from the 15,000 tents and 300 rescue workers already dispatched to the area.

The quake, 5.7 in magnitude, toppled two hotels, one being the Bayram Hotel. Residents blame local authorities for the disaster, saying the hotels have become unstable since the last quake and should have been closed down.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.