The International Labor Organization revealed that about 830,000 people in southern Turkey and northern Syria lost their jobs as a result of the earthquake that hit the two regions on the sixth of last February.
In its preliminary assessment report on the impact of the earthquake on the labor market in the affected areas, the organization stated that urgent support must be provided to the victims to enhance their livelihoods to prevent them from slipping into poverty and increasing child labour, pointing out that the earthquake contributed to making about 660,000 people unable to earn a living. their livelihood, and more than 150,000 unusable workplaces.
It also warned of increasing risks to occupational safety and health and child labor, while affected workers in Turkey face an average loss of income estimated at more than $ 230 per month per person, in addition to affecting about 35 thousand medium-sized, small and micro enterprises, as this temporary unemployment led to Income loss equal to at least $5.7 million per month.
In a related context, Gilbert Hongbo, Director-General of the International Labor Organization, considered that the promotion of employment opportunities is essential to a successful and inclusive response to the earthquake, saying that “people can begin to rebuild their lives if they rebuild their livelihoods … but in ensuring that the principles of Social justice and decent work in the recovery and reconstruction process.
A strong earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.7, struck at dawn on February 6, parts of southeastern Turkey and northern Syria, killing tens of thousands of people and leaving huge material damage.
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