Earthquake in Türkiye and Syria

A series of powerful earthquakes have devastated southern Türkiye (formerly Turkey) and northern Syria. Thousands of buildings have collapsed leaving people homeless in the middle of a bitter winter.

ShelterBox is responding. Please donate today to provide emergency shelter for families affected by the earthquakes and other disasters around the world.

What has happened in Turkey?

Powerful earthquakes have ravaged southern Türkiye (formerly Turkey) and northern Syria, killing more than 45,000 people and damaging 57,000 buildings.

On Monday night, two new earthquakes hit the same area, leaving even more distress in their wake.

Homes have been destroyed or left unsafe and people have been sleeping in the open. The freezing temperatures create an immediate risk to life for people who are too afraid to return home or have no home to go back to.

In northwest Syria many buildings were already damaged by years of civil war, and that’s where some of the worst damage has been reported.

With 3 million people already displaced by the war, Syria is at breaking point. Families are facing harsh living conditions, freezing temperatures and diseases like cholera. They have faced the destruction of war, only to be hit again by these events.

ShelterBox tents being loaded onto a flight to support people in the affected areas of Türkiye and Syria. Thank you to Turkish Airlines for the free of charge flight, and to our Rotary International contacts for helping to coordinate this shipment.

Our emergency response teams are in Gaziantep, one of many cities in Türkiye left devastated by the earthquakes.

Getting aid into Türkiye and Syria is complicated and it can be time-consuming. But we are used to working in challenging environments and we are determined to overcome every hurdle. We will work with local authorities, partners, and Rotary, to make sure people affected by the earthquakes get the aid they need.

Please donate today. Your support will provide emergency shelter for families affected by disasters around the world.

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