Rescuers search through the rubble of a collapsed building in the Yesilylt district of Malatya after a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit eastern Turkey on February 27, 2023.
At least one person was killed and dozens injured after a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit eastern Turkey on Monday, the public disaster management agency reported.
The epicenter of the tremor was in the Yessilylt district of Malatya province, with a violent earthquake on February 6 that killed more than 44,000 people in Turkey and thousands in neighboring Syria.
“One civilian has lost his life. About 69 people have been injured,” the head of the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) Yunus Sezer reported on television.
Several buildings already damaged by the early February quake collapsed in new aftershocks on Monday, AFAD said.
The mayor of Yesylurt told Habertürk TV that a father and daughter were among the rubble of a collapsed building as they returned home to retrieve their belongings.
Turkish authorities have launched a criminal investigation into the collapse of thousands of buildings that have killed tens of thousands and left millions homeless.
AFAD recorded nearly 10,000 aftershocks after the February 6 earthquake. About 173,000 buildings were damaged in the earthquake, according to local reports.