NNA - An official in the Turkish Ministry of Interior revealed that it was not possible to determine the identities of 1,297 people who died in the February 6 earthquake in southeastern Turkey, where more than 50,000 people lost their lives in the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria, whose epicenter was the city of Kahramanmaraş, according to "Russia Today" news agency.
The head of the Public Security Department at the General Directorate of Security, Vedat Morgan, confirmed, during his presentation of information about the losses after the earthquake to the parliamentary fact-finding committee, that "170 teams and 461 individuals were assigned to work in the region in order to determine the identities of the victims."
Morgan added, "The identities of 3,755 citizens who lost their lives in the earthquake were identified through fingerprints and 275 through photos."
"We currently have 1,297 citizens whose DNA and fingerprint samples we took, and whom we could not identify. Studies are still ongoing," he said.