As Turkey marks the first anniversary on Feb. 6 of last year’s massive earthquake, hundreds of thousands of survivors still struggle to return to normalcy with the country’s economic woes standing in the way of speedy recovery efforts.

Two temblors, the first measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale and the second nearly as powerful, followed by hundreds of aftershocks caused colossal devastation in 10 southern and southeastern provinces, affecting more than 13 million people and claiming over 53,000 lives.

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Written by Mustafa Sönmez