Turkey mourns its tens of thousands dead, surrounded by the ruins of last year’s earthquake

Millions of people across Turkey on Tuesday mourned the loss of more than 53,000 friends, loved ones and neighbors in the country's catastrophic earthquake a year ago.

To mark what it calls the "Disaster of the Century," the government arranged a series of events to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the disaster in southern Turkey.

'Time has stopped': Grieving father relives quake

The photo of Mesut Hançer holding his dead daughter's hand protruding from the debris, her body crushed, and his gaze lost, epitomized the anguish of the devastating Feb. 6 earthquakes.

They will return to the quake zone to commemorate the first anniversary and visit the grave of Irmak, who was killed in her sleep at the age of 15.

Extreme downpours in Hatay cause floods, damage fields

Torrential rains have wreaked havoc in the country's southeastern region as the Asi River bursts its banks in the province of Hatay, causing floods and damaging agricultural fields.

The intense rain in the evening hours of Jan. 16 led the Asi River to overflow, leaving many agricultural lands, especially in Hatay's Antakya district, flooded.

MHP leader urges ‘calm line’ along Iraq border following PKK attacks

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli has called for the establishment of a "calm line" extending up to 60 kilometers along Türkiye's border with Iraq in the wake of the recent PKK attacks in the region that claimed the lives of 12 Turkish troops.