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Arup helps pay for emergency Turkish shelters

OVE ARUP is to part finance the construction of up to 15 temporary villages it has designed to house some of the 200,000 Turks made homeless by last month's earthquake.

The consultant has designed five emergency settlements for the Turkish Education Volunteer Foundation. These will be built in the worst hit areas and cost around £310,000. The TEVF hopes to build 10 more settlements later on.

Arup's Istanbul office, which designed the villages, has sent out an appeal to sister offices around the world to help fund construction of the shelters.

The temporary settlements consist of 60,3m x 7m steel cargo containers converted to house families. Each unit will be centrally heated and supplied with water and toilet facilities. Construction of the first five villages is expected to be completed in the next couple of months.

Arup's Istanbul office has become heavily involved in the relief effort. It has made its office available to teams of earthquake experts from around the world, including the Institution of Structural Engineers' earthquake engineering field investigation team which arrived in the city on Monday.

Arup engineers have also been carrying out free structural assessments to help people return to their homes.

Director of its Istanbul office Dr Hamdi Ataoglu said: 'Many buildings have superficial cracks but people are not aware of this. We allow them to feel comfortable moving back in to their homes.'

Greek capital Athens was hit by an earthquake measuring six on the Richter Scale on Tuesday. As NCE went to press 13 people were known to have died and hundreds more were trapped in collapsed buildings.

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