Preparing for winter deaths .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ERZİNCAN - The Erzincan municipality in eastern Anatolian is already digging the graves for the winter deaths to come. Due to frozen soil being so hard to dig, the graves that will be needed during wintertime are being prepared in advance.

Mehmet Buyruk, mayor of Erzincan, told the Anatolian News Agency that according to statistics approximately one death occurs every day in the city of Erzincan. Buyruk said it is extremely difficult to dig graves during wintertime. "It is so hard to dig in frozen soil. We are taking this precaution at this time so as not to create more problems to our people who will lose their relatives," he said.

"We are planning to dig 70 to 80 graves. We will not be digging more during the two months with extreme cold and snow unless it be necessary."

Ünal Tuygun, director for Terzibaba Cemetary, said 60 graves had already been dug. "We dig the graves in advance." Tuygun said, last year, 100 funerals occurred during the winter.