ELAZIG, Turkey

Schoolchildren in the eastern Turkish province of Elazig attended school on Monday for the first time after an earthquake devastated the region last month.

The 6.8-magnitude quake jolted Turkey’s Elazig province and its neighboring provinces on Jan. 24.

According to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), a total of 41 people in Elazig and neighboring provinces died as a result of the tremors.

Turkey’s Education Ministry decided to temporarily close the schools in the affected regions, extending the semester break for three more weeks.

After the additional holiday, over 400 public and 80 private schools have reopened

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