Turkey : Elazig earthquake is the end of Kanal Istanbul

Cemal Gökçe, President of the Chamber of Civil Engineers (İMO), said that the earthquake in Elazig was a big warning to remove Kanal Istanbul from the country’s agenda and replace Earthquake Istanbul. Gökçe suggested that 100 thousand buildings would be demolished in a possible Istanbul earthquake and 50 thousand people would die if the earthquake occurred at night and 150 thousand during the day.

In our statement to SÖZCÜ, Gökçe said, “Our buildings were rotten, urban transformation was made for rent, not for earthquakes. Reconstruction amnesty further increased the risk. Despite Elazig, if we do not see the earthquake reality and take precautions, this country cannot cope with the Istanbul earthquake. ”


İMO President Gökçe said that after the Elazığ earthquake, the fault lines were spoken on TVs and the main thing to talk about was not faults but rotten buildings. Gökçe said, “There are no faults in this country. He knows what fault where you ask the child. The energy of the society is tried to be evacuated with faults. What society should know is whether the buildings in which they live are rotten or not. No matter which municipality’s building archive is opened, you will see that at least 80 percent of the buildings are not earthquake safe. So it collapses in the earthquake, it has no escape. These buildings must be made earthquake-safe. ”

While Gökçe stated that all buildings in the country should be made compatible with the engineering rules and principles and earthquake regulations, and that new buildings should be built in this way, he also wanted to give up the method of leaving inspections to 3-5 years of engineers. Stating that 20 years have passed since the 1999 earthquake, Gökçe stated that he was trying to make a transformation instead of urban transformation, and said: “The whole country discusses an artificial agenda called Kanal Istanbul, not the Istanbul earthquake. The earthquake we experienced in Elazığ Sivrice becomes an earring in the ears of those who call Channel Istanbul. Istanbul earthquake will not be like Elazig. Turkey can not stand up under it. Mobilization should be declared. Istanbul’s mean failure means the failure of Turkey. “

Illegal structure is not strengthened

Cemal Gökçe, President of the Chamber of Civil Engineers (İMO), said that after the wrong practices in urban transformation, zoning peace was created for illegal buildings and almost all of the buildings benefiting from zoning risk of collapse in the earthquake. Stating that these buildings have already become self-destructive, as in the Yeşilyurt apartment in Kartal, Gökçe said, “Is the security of the buildings left to the owner of the building in a country where an earthquake is expected and the buildings have a great risk? Unfortunately, it was left in our country. Even those who take advantage of the zoning peace and increase 3 times to 5 floors and 5 times to 10 times can not get rid of the risk of staying under those buildings. ” Stating that the urban transformation was done by taking care of the rotten buildings, the most risky areas, but the places with high ranges, Gökçe said, “The 5-storey places were increased to 10 floors, 10-apartments to 20-30 apartments,” The ‘Earthquake Istanbul project should be started urgently.