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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.
How is ShelterBox helping?
SHELTERBOX AID HAS ARRIVED IN TÜRKIYE AND SYRIA
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.
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The powerful 7.8m earthquake struck southern Turkey, close to the northern Syria border.
The epicentre is about 20 miles from Gaziantep – a major city and provincial capital .
Powerful aftershocks have been reported, including a strong 6.7m earthquake minutes after the first earthquake .
Due to its location and the strength of the quake, it is likely that humanitarian needs will be high.
The devastating earthquake struck southern Turkey at 4.17am local time (1.17am GMT) on 6 February 2023.
A powerful aftershock of 6.7 magnitude hit just minutes after the first earthquake .
This region is one of the world’s most active seismic zones and earthquakes are frequently reported.
The 7.4m Izmir earthquake in 1999 killed over 17,000 people. Officials have repeatedly warned of such events.
The death toll in Türkiye (formerly Turkey) and Syria is already in the thousands, and rising all the time.
In Northwest Syria local authorities are reporting more than 2,000 people have lost their livesand 5,000 have been injured. 2,000 buildings have been destroyed and over 5000 damaged. Around 11,000 families are reported to be homeless.
Before the earthquakes, 4.1 million people in Northwest Syria were in need of humanitarian assistance – mostly women and children. They have faced the destruction of war and have now been hit again by these events.
“Getting support into Northwest Syria is very difficult at the moment. The already limited supply routes are now damaged, and the political situation is complex. The people in the affected regions will be exhausted following years of conflict. We have extensive experience in supporting people in these areas with distributions of winter aid having recently been completed, but more will be needed.”
– Alice Jefferson, Head of Emergency Response for ShelterBox
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