|Debris from a collapsed house covers the roadside in an earthquake-affected area of Van Province.|
Evacuees Living Under Close to Freezing Temperatures
While a great deal of media attention has been given to supplies reaching the Erciş district, there are still many hard-hit villages in Van Province that relief supplies have yet to reach. According to Van’s disaster response headquarters, 87 out of 92 villages in the region reported cracks or other partial damage to houses, while in the village of Mollakasim, once home to 160 people living in 53 households, every house was destroyed.
|Miyuki KONNAI of AAR JAPAN’s emergency relief team (left) listens to a villager’s story|
Their hands rough and dry from the cold, these children still offer waves and smiles.