Thousands of graves dug in Kahramanmaraş cemetery as quake death toll rises above 20,000
The southeastern Kahramanmaraş province’s Kapıçam Cemetery is being extended to accommodate for more burials as the death toll is rising every day in the aftermath of two major earthquakes in the region.
Thousands of earthquake victims started to be buried at Kapıçam Cemetery in the southeastern province of Kahramanmaraş after two major earthquakes hit the region on Feb. 6.
New burial places started to be formed with heavy construction equipment, according to reporting by the Demiören news agency.
Over 3,000 quake victims have been so far buried at the cemetery, but new trenches are being carved into the ground as the death toll is rising every day.
Turkey’s southeastern region has been struck by two powerful earthquakes on Feb. 6, one at a magnitude of 7.7 and the other 7.6. The epicenter of the two quakes was located in Kahramanmaraş.