Turkey arrests 184 in connection to collapsed buildings after earthquakes
Driving the news: Turkish authorities said earlier this month that they had launched an investigation into contractors allegedly linked to the deadly collapse of buildings.
- Turkish authorities have said that more than 173,000 buildings across the country have collapsed or have been severely damaged, per Al Jazeera.
- The total death toll from the earthquakes across Turkey and Syria has surpassed 50,000.
The big picture: Contractors, building owners and managers are among those arrested, Bozdag said.
- A total of 612 "suspects" are under investigation, he added.
- “The detection of evidence in the buildings continues as a basis for criminal investigation,” Bozdag added, AP reported.
- While Turkey's construction codes do meet current earthquake-engineering standards, they are rarely enforced, helping explain why so many buildings collapsed, AP previously reported.