February 28, 2024

Deborah Tolu-Kolawole

The National Association of Nigerian Students in Turkey has said that Nigerian students who were traumatised as a result of the Monday 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country have been taken in by Turkish officials for post-trauma analysis.

The earthquake, which has so far claimed thousands of lives, brought down whole apartment blocks in Turkish cities and plied more devastation on millions of Syrians displaced by years of war.

The president of NANS Turkish zone, Yakubu Sabo, who spoke with our correspondent on Tuesday, said some Nigerian students were traumatised and were undergoing post-trauma analysis, adding that they would be released once they were certified okay.

Sabo said, “Turkey is an earthquake-prone area. Some of our new students were traumatised and have been taken in for post-shock analysis. They will be released as soon as they are certified okay. The old students are already used to it. We will provide more updates along the line”.

According to The Time, earthquakes are not uncommon in Turkey. The country is situated on the Anatolian plate which borders two major fault lines; the North Anatolian fault, which stretches across the country from west to east, and the East Anatolian fault, which is in eastern Turkey.

The former has been the site of several disastrous earthquakes, according to the Geological Society of London, including the 1939 earthquake in north-eastern Turkey that resulted in the deaths of 30,000 people.

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