Mehmet Elkan does not know What will become of His only shoe company in Turkey earthquake-hit South after some of His 220 employees died half She ran away, reflecting the next complex transformation for Industry in the region.
forty of His workers and some families take shelter in The proper tapan can plant in Antakya after massive earthquakes on Feb 6 which left historical city’s unique thousands of years of historical heritage in antiquities.
“We only have 110 workers after some of them died and some of them died left The city said Alkan manager.
And killed by earthquakes and strong aftershocks more from 47,000 people. In addition, they are destroyed or severely damaged over 230,000 buildings, hundreds left of Thousands homeless, making it the worst disaster in Modern Turkish history.
the government Prepare to descend up spending for post-earthquake recoverywhich can raise industrial production and consumer spending, two key pointers of economic growth.
southeast region rich in Textile production and agriculture representing accounts for 16% of total employment and about 11% of Industrial output Istanbul Chamber report of Industry showed.
forced millions To leave 11 provinces in the southeast home to 14 million people. Some say they may not return quickly despite Ankara’s plan rebuild hundreds of thousands of Damaged or collapsed buildings.
hundreds of Companies that resumed operations a month after the earthquakes face deficiency of Work crew who Go to nearby villages and relatives in other cities or to governmentSponsored accommodation of Tents and container homes show.
“We turned the showroom into a dormitory room” for Alkan said. “Most of their families left the city Or they moved to safer rural areas. They are afraid. we are waiting for Others are coming back. “
He said the company shuttle is used to it drive up to 50 kilometers (30 miles) to collect workers from their area homesbut he is traveling now double that distance to get to the villages.
The disaster a challenge Before of the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, set for May 14th. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged transform Turkey is in a competitive industry power.
Erdogan quickly pledged campaign He said that the affected areas will be rebuilt within the limits of a year.
Business groups and economists estimate the costs of the earthquake’s fallout of 100 billion dollars (1895.7 billion TL) and shaving of one to two percent points off The country’s gross domestic product.
The United Nations Development Program said the damage caused by the disaster was estimated to have occurred over $100 billion. The World Bank estimated that the earthquakes were caused more of $34 billion in Damage, with recovery Probably double This amount.
They say some of the funding aimed at boosting production, employment and exports under Erdogan’s economic plan will be directed toward aid and reconstruction efforts. in the area.
the government He prioritized low interest rates to boost exports, production, investment and innovation new functions as part of the current An economic program dubbed the Turkish Economy Model.
the program It aims to reduce inflation by chronic flipping of the country current account deficit into surplus.
last month downtown bank lowered her policy rate by 50 basis points 8.5% to support growth After earthquakes saying borrow the cheapest cost will reinforce recovery efforts. This raised the overall facilitation trend to 550 basis points Since August last year.
Center bank Justify the reductions by saying financial Terms must remain supports of Maintain industrial production growth. I was martyred need for more Stimulus in the face of earthquakes when thrown latest Cuts.
to mitigate the repercussions government rolled out short-term work allowances for workers f easier access on loans for affected companies.
In Antakya, the hardest-hit city where dozens of Officials and experts in the sector said the blocks were only about a third flattened of Production capacity is used up a month after the earthquake.
It can take years to return to normal, resulting in a transformation in demography in the area.
“we need urgent government support to start reverse migration for Business. We lose a qualified workforce. Safe environment with amenities like schools and social Spaces should be set upHikmet Senchin said, Antakya room of trade and Industry head.
More than 600,000 homes collapsed or severely damaged across the region official data showswhile the government I promised build No less than 250,000 units inside one year.
“It is difficult to predict when housing and businesses will return to normal in the region. Therefore, permanent residence and reopened schools will be crucial,” said Serdar Sayan, director of Center for social policy research (SPM) at TOBB University in Ankara.
Sayan said region could also You see industries reconfigured as workers in the construction sector arrive.
“the people who I started a new permanent life in Other cities are mainly middle- and upper-income classes, “while those who remained inclined to earn low income and need Sayan said help the state.
Seher Icici, who I handled logistics and accounting for a textile machinery company in Kahramanmaraş, near the epicenter of The quakes moved about 250 kilometers to the west with her two small children to city of Mersin.
“We’re staying temporarily because we don’t have it home Back to now. We had to leave city “We couldn’t find temporary housing,” Ichi said.
She said families she knows have already left the area And they scored them children in Schools elsewhere, most won’t return until the end of Academic year.
“i can’t work Now, but so am I lucky as me boss I paid my salary and some support moneyIsisi said. “We are managing with He. She for now.”