Container as Shelter Provision Solution for Post-Disaster Reconstruction


On the afternoon of October 30, local time, a strong earthquake occurred in the Aegean Sea. Spread to parts of Greece and Turkey. Izmir in Turkey and Samos Island in Greece were severely affected, and a large number of buildings were damaged. The strong earthquake also triggered a small tsunami for a while, and the streets of Vati, the main port town of Samos, were flooded by sea. The picture shows the damaged buildings in the earthquake-stricken area of ​​Turkey.

On November 3, local time, the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Department stated that the death toll caused by the Aegean earthquake in Turkey rose to 98 and another 994 were injured. Turkish Minister of Environment and Urbanization Kulun earlier updated the total number of severely damaged buildings to 58. As the weather in the disaster area has turned colder, Kulun emphasized that he will accelerate the pace of resettling the victims. He said that a “container city” that can accommodate 1,000 people will be built within 20 days.

According to the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Department, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake occurred in the Aegean Sea in western Turkey on October 30, with a focal depth of approximately 16.5 kilometers. According to reports, the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Department pointed out that 1286 aftershocks have occurred after the main shock on October 30, 43 of which were over 4.0 magnitude. The authorities have invested 7967 people, 25 search and rescue dogs and 1071 vehicles for disaster relief.



Izmir Province suffered the most from the earthquake. According to media reports, dozens of houses collapsed in the province. Turkey’s Minister of Environment and Urban Planning, Qu, said on the same day that professionals are evaluating the housing conditions in the earthquake area and disbursing disaster relief funds to those who have lost their houses.

Turkey is located in an earthquake-prone zone. In 1999, two consecutive earthquakes of magnitude 7 or higher occurred in northwestern Turkey, causing approximately 18,000 deaths. In 2011, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred in the Van province of eastern Turkey, killing 644 people. In January this year, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake occurred in Elazig province in eastern Turkey, killing dozens of people.

The container city is composed of container house units. The container house has the characteristics of fast installation and any combination. In the fight against COVID-19, a container hospital for infectious diseases was quickly built.



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