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A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hits Turkey in the latest large aftershock | Turkey and Syria earthquake news

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hits Turkey in the latest large aftershock |  Turkey and Syria earthquake news

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The authorities say that at least one person was killed in the collapse of a factory in the area, which is still suffering from previous damage.

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey, killing at least one person and injuring dozens while causing some damaged buildings to collapse.

Monday’s quake became the latest major earthquake to hit southern Turkey as the region rebuilds after previous massive earthquakes that killed more than 50,000 people in southern Turkey and northwest Syria.

The country’s Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) said the latest quake had its epicenter in the town of Yesliurt in Malatya province, adding that one person died when a factory collapsed in Kahramanmaras, the epicenter of the 7.8-magnitude quake that hit the region in February. 6, and 69 others were injured.

Yesliurt Mayor Mehmet Cinar told Haber Turk TV that a number of buildings in the town collapsed, including a four-storey building where a father and daughter were trapped.

Cinar said the couple entered the damaged building to collect belongings.

Turkey struck Malatya Province, Turkey [Al Jazeera]

Television footage showed the man being carried away on a stretcher in an ambulance, while rescue teams were trying to contact his daughter inside the damaged building.

Reporting from Gaziantep, Teresa Bo of Al Jazeera said the earthquake was felt by residents living in temporary camps after being displaced by previous earthquakes.

“We felt the earthquake here, too, in the center of Gaziantep. Those who were affected by the earthquakes of February 6 are now living inside tents. It has generated fear and pain again,” Bo said.

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The United Nations said at least 1.5 million people are left homeless in southern Turkey, and more than 500,000 homes need to be rebuilt.

Nearly 10,000 aftershocks have been reported since February 6, according to the authority.

Turkey said last week about 865,000 people were living in tents and 23,500 in container homes, while 376,000 were in student dormitories and public guesthouses outside the quake zone.

The latest earthquake comes days after Turkey began an operation to transfer people living in tents to container cities, with the first phase set to transport people into 15,000 containers.

Turkish authorities have expanded a criminal investigation into the individuals responsible for the buildings destroyed by the deadly earthquake that left millions homeless.

The government was also accused of laxity in applying safety measures before earthquakes.