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October 24, 2012

Turkcell Continues Supporting Van Earthquake Victims
By Raju Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

In 2011 October, a 7.1 Mw earthquake struck the eastern Turkey near the city of Van. It killed 604 people and injured 4,152 more people, causing large scale destruction. A minimum of 11,232 buildings received damage in the region, and among them, 6,017 were found to be uninhabitable.

Recently, Turkcell (News - Alert), a communications and technology company in Turkey, announced that it will be assisting earthquake victims in the Van province. The company announced this on the first anniversary of this devastating earthquake.

The company has already initiated an education campaign to help the victims to continue with their education. The company has announced that it has collected a sizeable donation in its “Turkey’s Money-Box (News - Alert)”. In partnership with the Turkish Education Foundation (TEV), the company will make use of this money to build a 132 person dormitory for high school students.

 Turkcell Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Koray Ozturkler commented that “In the first year of this natural disaster, I would once again like to express my sympathy to all the families of the victims in Van. We have stood shoulder to shoulder with all the people struggling with the unfolding and devastating effects of the earthquake from the outset. We have used our technology, base stations, and network to save lives. Moreover, we have also asked ourselves what else can be done.”

Recently, TMC’s (News - Alert) Monica Gleberman reported that a decision in the company v. MTN Group bribery suit was likely to be delayed a few more months. She wrote this piece after the U.S. court put a hold on its decision. Claiming the mobile operator made use of bribes and other illegal means to get numerous licenses in Iran in 2004 and 2005, Turkcell filed the $4.2 billion lawsuit against MTN (News - Alert) Group.

Edited by Brooke Neuman


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