It has been stated that from surveys conducted all across Turkey, of 17 million residences that require compulsory earthquake insurance, 9 million do not yet have Erthquake Insurance Policy (DASK). Despite this, officials say that 52 Percent of houses in Turkey do not have earthquake insurance.
When the amounts of insurance have ben researched in the country; it was found out that in the Marmara Region that stays in the 1st and 2nd earthquake risk zone, 2,552,663 residences do not have earthquake insurance. Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) statistics point out that near 6,000 earthquakes have happened since the beginning of 2018.
According to official statistics; in the year 1999 when 17 August Gölcük Earthquake Disaster happened in which 17,480 people lost their lives, a total number of 8,699 earthquakes had happened. While in comparison, the number of earthquakes reached 34,009 in 2017 which is the highest number recorded in the last 30 years.
Istanbul Does Not Have DASK
Experts have been expecting a new disasterous earthquake for some time in Istanbul that will be almost 7.2 in scale. Despite this, the fact that 1,576,452 residences in Istanbul are in danger without earthquake insurance (DASK), proves to be troubling. In Bursa, one of the cities that would be most affected by the pending earthquake disaster; the number of houses with no insurance amounts to 50% while in Kocaeli the number is 41,2% and in Bilecik it is thought to be 55%.