Building Contractors Under Fire in Turkey

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In Turkey, people are picking up their lives for a different reason.

Anger is starting to set in as people are beginning to ask how so many new buildings were able to collapse from that horrific earthquake.

The government has launched investigations across the earthquake zone and has so far rounded up dozens of building contractors.

But many say it’s not just the contractors who are to blame.

“This is a systemic problem,” Koray Tanin, Iskenderun branch head of The Chamber of Architects, said. “This is a complex problem of the system. Not an individual one.”

The country’s chamber of architects says a construction boom, lacks inspections by authorities, and government amnesties for developers who didn’t abide by building codes introduced after previous disasters – all contributed to this catastrophe.